Call for Welsh Government to protect FlyBe routes

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The former head of marketing for Cardiff Airport, Peter Phillips, has called on the Welsh Government to offer more support to the troubled regional airline FlyBe after it was put up for sale following a profit warning.

The First Minister told the Committee for the Scrutiny of the First Minister last Friday (16th November) that he expected a buyer to be found and that the airline’s Cardiff routes are successful.

FlyBe currently offers a number of routes from Cardiff both within the UK and to several European capitals and major cities including Edinburgh, Munich, Geneva, Rome, Dublin and Milan.

Peter Phillips told BBC Wales the airport would be “vulnerable” if FlyBe or its new owners decided to cut back on routes and called on the Welsh Government to offer “guarantee sweeteners to ensure that any new owner ring-fences Cardiff Airport operations.”