I HAVE met staff at Manchester Airport to discuss boosting links between North Wales and the airport further.
The discussions came as part of an Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) visit to the site, where I toured the site, including the transport interchange station and Terminal 2, and also learned about the ongoing £1bn investment to transform the airport. It also preceded an event in Parliament on Monday, where Welsh Government minister Ken Skates and UK Secretary of State Chris Grayling shared a platform to discuss transport in North Wales and beyond.
Manchester Airport served more than a million passengers from North Wales in 2016, and 156,021 from Wrexham alone.
I’m grateful to the Industry and Parliament Trust for their help in setting up the visit – it really was very informative.
During the day, we discussed the links between North Wales and Manchester Airport, including the rail link which I worked on a cross-party basis to secure which runs via Chester and the EasyBus service which runs via Wrexham. Boosting those kind of links, where people can get to the airport on public transport, is vitally important. The more links between North Wales and airports in North West England the better for Wrexham people, whether they are using the airports for holidays, for business – or as exporters. I’ll also be visiting Liverpool Airport in the coming months to discuss similar issues with them, and it is something I will be highlighting to Ministers as we work to secure the North Wales Growth Deal.