An inquiry by the Welsh National Assembly’s Enterprise and Business Committee will examine the importance of Welsh ports and airports to the country’s economy. It also aims to determine if the potential of these facilities is being restricted and how they can be better developed.
The committee, which is calling for evidence to feed into its inquiry, will examine how effectively Welsh Government policies support the development of Welsh ports and airports.
Cardiff Airport in particular saw a 10% decline in passengers in 2010, prior to the withdrawal of bmibaby’s services. The airport also suffered a 74% decrease in freight traffic that year.
Ports and airports policy in Wales is reserved to the UK Government but Welsh Ministers and the National Assembly for Wales have specific powers regarding issues such as transport links, planning policy, grants and other financial assistance.
Chair of the committee Nick Ramsay AM commented: “Wales is increasingly trying to raise its profile on the world stage by establishing its identity as a devolved nation and improving international trade and tourism links.
“This inquiry intends to ask the key questions surrounding the future and potential of our ports and airports: what is the Welsh Government doing to support them and to what extent do Welsh Ministers work with their counterparts in the UK Government to support their development?”