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Advice from Birmingham on what Cardiff Airport needs to do

Conservatives have set out plans to reimburse taxpayers for the £52m the Welsh government paid for Cardiff Airport.

The Tory document, A Blueprint for Cardiff Airport, envisages growth in passengers and routes, and proposals to sell it back to the private sector.

The Welsh government agreed a deal to buy the troubled airport in March after a slump in passenger numbers.

Meanwhile, a rival airport chief has told BBC Wales that the only way the Welsh public will make a profit on the airport is to sell it back to the private sector.

Paul Kehoe, the chief executive of Birmingham Airport and a former director of Cardiff Airport, said Cardiff could be turned around but only if the Welsh government ran it at arm's length.

Tories' £52m airport payback plan

  • 03 Jun 2013