Welsh Labour wasting some £10m on the North Wales air-link, which hasn’t operated since the pandemic began,
The Labour Government has today announced that it will not be reinstating the £3 million a year airlink between Cardiff and Anglesey.
The Welsh Conservatives have been questioning Labour Ministers to confirm the future of the flightpath over a year.
Earlier today, statistics were released showing a 44% decrease in passenger numbers at Cardiff Airport in 2021 compared to 2020 despite an easing of restrictions.
Commenting on the news, Welsh Conservative Shadow Transport Minister, Natasha Asghar MS said:
“Whilst I understand some people will be frustrated with this news, I believe it is the right decision especially given around £3 million of taxpayer cash is used to prop the service up every year. I despise any task that fritters away taxpayers’ hard-earned money and keeping this service going would have done just that.
“It is, however, disappointing that Labour ministers have only now axed the airlink. Instead of wasting some £10m on the airlink, which hasn’t operated since the pandemic began, over the last three years, they should’ve taken decisive action and scrapped it as soon as it became a loss-making exercise.
“The pandemic has drastically changed the way people work and with many now working from home the demand for the airlink simply isn’t there.
“It is vital Labour ministers now start heavily investing in transport infrastructure and connectivity in North Wales and make sure those affected by this decision aren’t losing out. By having the flights removed, I shall be keeping a very close eye on the Labour Government to ensure that they actually spend the money they are saving on improving transport links for local residents. ”