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Cardiff Airport questioning

The Welsh Government has been challenged to prove its plan to buy Cardiff Airport will be good use of taxpayers' money. A former senior executive at the airport has told ITV Wales it could take several years for it to become viable and profitable.

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Criticism of Welsh Government plan

The Welsh Government announced last month it was looking to buy Cardiff Airport. First Minister Carwyn Jones said the airport would be run 'on a commercial basis', and his priorities were modernising infrastructure, increasing the number of routes, and improving the passenger experience.

It is fairly common, both within the UK and on the continent, for airports to be publicly owned. There has been immediate criticism of the plans though. Local Conservative MP Alun Cairns said he thought Welsh Government support for private investment was a much better option.

The Welsh Government's decision to buy Cardiff Airport has proven highly controversial Credit: ITV News Wales

Bristol Airport said it was concerned that 'intervention may distort the market for air travel in the South West of England and South Wales to the detriment of consumers on both sides of the border.'

This afternoon's debate has been called by Conservative AM William Graham. He proposes that the Assembly 'regrets the decision... to nationalise Cardiff Airport; and calls on the Welsh Government to provide evidence that the purchase... will be value for money and beneficial for Welsh taxpayers.'

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