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Tories planning to sell city airport to private operator.

THE Welsh Conservatives have vowed to put Cardiff Airport back into private hands by 2021.

The party says it would seek to return the airport to private ownership by the end of the next Assembly term if it forms a Welsh Government.

William Graham, the shadow minister for the economy, told a Senedd debate that the party would aim to divide the proceeds from the sale between infrastructure investment and returning cash to taxpayers.

Cardiff Airport was sold to the Welsh Government in 2013 for PS52m. The Welsh Government says it has the intention to return it to public ownership.

Mr Graham said: "We believe that the airport's long term fortunes would be best served in private hands, and a Welsh Conservative Government would seek to return the airport to private ownership by the end of the next Assembly term."

A Welsh Government spokeswoman said: "We rescued Cardiff Airport from a downward spiral in private ownership.

"It has always been our intention to return Cardiff Airport into private ownership when the conditions are right."

Cardiff Airport saw an increase of 21% in passenger usage in September compared with the same period the year before.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Oct 22, 2015
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