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Aviation in Wales

The National Assembly does not generally have legislative competence in relation to aviation, air transport, airports or aerodromes (see the exceptions listed under paragraph 10 in Part 1 to Schedule 7 of the Government of Wales Act 2006).  However, it may legislate in relation to financial assistance to providers or proposed providers of air transport services or airport facilities or services, strategies by the Welsh Ministers or local or other public authorities about provision of air services, and to regulate the use of aircraft carrying animals if that is for the purpose of protecting human, animal or plant health, animal welfare or the environment.

Section 11 of the Transport (Wales) Act 2006 gives the Welsh Ministers power to give financial assistance to those who provide air transport services which start or end at an airport in Wales and to those who provide airport facilities or services in Wales, but only in circumstances where the services or facilities would not, in the Welsh Ministers’ view, be provided without that financial assistance.

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