Welsh government take-over of Cardiff airport could he...

Welsh government take-over of Cardiff airport could herald ‘economic boost’

18 December 2012

The proposed purchase of Cardiff airport by the Welsh government could herald a significant economic boost for Wales, Unite said today (Tuesday 18 December).

Unite, Wales’ largest union, said that it could mean increased business opportunities for Wales and an increase in tourists from abroad.

Unite welcomed the announcement by first minister Carwyn Jones that the Welsh government had reached an agreement with owners TBI and would be working towards the purchase early in 2013.

Unite Wales secretary Andy Richards said: “Cardiff airport has, for some years, been heavily criticised for a lack of managerial vision and operational strategy.

“This has resulted in a less than effective and severely constrained service for the people of Wales, the business community and overseas visitors.

“The announcement today by the first minister is very welcome and will, we hope, herald the transformation of the airport into a fitting gateway to Wales which will attract a larger number of operators flying to a greater variety of destinations.

“It will also encourage more visitors flying into Cardiff, whether for business or tourism. 

“This proposal will not only benefit the travelling public, but could give a significant economic boost to Wales.”

Unite has about 100 members working at the airport, including the fire and rescue service.


For further information please contact Unite senior communications officer Shaun Noble on 07768 693940

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with 1.5 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.