Support soars for Dylan airport
RENAMING Cardiff Airport after Dylan Thomas has received the backing of Swansea MP Geraint Davies.
Earlier this week, the group behind the poet's centenary celebrations suggested renaming the airport after the poet, saying it would provide a major boost to the airport and the whole of Wales.
Now Mr Davies, MP for Swansea West, has said using the Thomas name would help attract more tourism and business to the country.
He said: "Dylan Thomas is a globally recognised brand. Using that kind of cultural tag would help to reinforce Wales as a place of cultural interest. There is huge interest in him around the world. It makes good business sense and would draw in cultural tourism and draw in business investment. I hope people from across Wales will back the idea."
The Welsh Government bought the airport in March for £52 million after a period of poor performance by the international gateway — the number of people using it has dropped to just over one million last year, down from a peak of two million in 2007. In contrast, nearby Bristol Airport welcomed almost six million passengers through its doors in 2012.
A whole range of events and celebrations are planned next year to mark the 100th anniversary of Thomas's birth.
Spencer Feeney, chairman of the group behind the festivities and a former editor of the Evening Post, said: "Dylan Thomas is a Welsh icon — his name is known around the globe, and he is the second most quoted poet in the world after Shakespeare. If the Welsh Government is serious about reviving the airport's fortunes I would suggest that renaming it after Dylan Thomas could play an important role — it would help to raise its profile, and draw-in more cultural tourists and business investment."