This is from Sunday’s news:
The first minister has confirmed he has met commercial operators with an interest in buying a stake in the struggling Cardiff airport.
Carwyn Jones said a “medium to long term” strategy has been discussed with potential investors.
The Welsh government stepped in and bought the airport in March after passenger numbers slumped.
But Mr Jones told The Wales Report with Huw Edwards they wanted someone to share the running of the airport.
He said: “What we are looking at is for a commercial operator to come in to run the airport, perhaps come into partnership with us – maybe buy half of the airport if I can put it so crudely – so the money comes back quickly.
“There’s interest out there – I have met with large operators who have that interest.” […]
You can watch the interview with the First Minister at the beginning of The Wales Report on iPlayer.
Good relationships with operators are vital to the success of Cardiff Airport. The figures will only have a chance of dramatically picking up if there are a range of better routes on offer. Routes, routes, routes! To be clear, local fiddling with improvements to transport links will not boost the demand. We’ve stated this before on this website. Here’s a video clip explaining why:
And here’s a transcript of the video.