Cardiff Airport

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 20th October 2014.

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Photo of David Davies David Davies Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee, Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the aircraft landing system at Rhoose Airport, Cardiff, is fully functioning.

Photo of David Davies David Davies Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee, Chair, Welsh Affairs Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the automatic landing equipment at MoD St Athan is in full working order.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

I have taken the hon. Member's question to refer to the Ministry of Defence's (MOD) transition work with the Welsh Government initiative for the development of an Air Business Park at MOD St Athan.

I understand that the hon. Member's questions refer to the use of an Instrument Landing System at MOD St Athan. The airfield is operated under military regulations, which do not require the use of an Instrument Landing System. The Welsh Government has arranged for the installation of an Instrument Landing System for future use by their commercial customers. I understand that while the equipment is fully operational, it has not yet been cleared for aircraft use. MOD officials have been informed that, pending formal clearance the Welsh Government is applying for a limited clearance to use the Instrument Landing System, in order to facilitate interim use by its commercial customers.

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