Welsh Government should begin planning for Severnside Airport to replace Cardiff - report
THE Welsh Government should go ahead with the purchase of Cardiff Airport, but plan long term for a new Severnside Airport to replace Cardiff and Bristol, according to a new study carried out for the Institute of Welsh Affairs.
The study, by aviation consultants MSP Solutions, says that Wales and the West of England should co-operate to promote a state-of-the-art, 24-hour Severnside passenger and cargo airport that would serve the whole of southwest Britain.
The proposal will be submitted to the UK Government's Airports Commission, which is looking at the issue of airport capacity in London.
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But it has also been asked "to take account of the national, regional and local implications of any proposals".
The report says there is a danger that decisions on airport provision in London could result in what it describes as "a serious worsening of air connectivity for Wales and the West of England."