Public service air routes for Wales “held back by UK Government”

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The Welsh Government haven’t received an explanation from the UK Government over their decision to withhold plans for new public service air routes between Cardiff Airport and major cities around the UK.

New public services (PSO) routes – such as the one between Anglesey and Cardiff – require a submission to the European Commission for approval, but the UK Department of Transport has so far refused to do so. PSO routes are exempt from air passenger duty.

Nine potential PSO routes have been identified for Cardiff, including Manchester, Newquay, London City Airport and Aberdeen.

David Williams said via Nation.Cymru that the decision was due to lobbying by Bristol Airport and comes as the UK Parliament’s Welsh Affairs Committee are discussing whether air passenger duty should be devolved to Wales.