NATO Wales 2014: Summit Flypast

Press Release by UK Government

World leaders and the South Wales public will be treated to an aerial display of military jets from 9 different countries at the NATO Summit.

 

The RAF’s Red Arrows will be joined by aircraft from across the NATO alliance for the flypast over the summit at the Celtic Manor resort on Friday 5 September at 9am.

Local residents in Cardiff should head to Cardiff Bay at 8.30am for the best view of the planes.

In Newport people should be ready to watch the display at 8.45am as it passes south of the City Centre, over Spytty Park, Beechwood Park and Lliswerry.

The planes will soar across South Wales, passing the National Assembly building in Cardiff Bay on the way to the summit, where world leaders including Prime Minister David Cameron and US President Barack Obama will be among delegates from the 28 NATO member states.

Secretary of State for Wales Stephen Crabb said:

The eyes of the world will be on Wales next week and we are proud to be hosting Heads of State and world leaders at the NATO Summit.

This flypast serves as another reminder of how the Summit is putting Wales on the world stage, as people look up and see jets from nations across NATO fill the skies of South Wales.

The display will showcase NATO’s formidable airpower with aircraft from the UK, USA, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, Portugal and the Netherlands.

It will be led by an RAF Typhoon flanked by two Polish Mig-29s and finished by the Red Arrows, the RAF’s aerobatic team, which will follow after Voyager, the RAF’s largest and newest aircraft. Other jets will include a Eurofighter and F-16 Falcons.

The display will represent some of the many NATO nations which have been involved in policing the air space across Europe as part of the Alliance’s efforts to support and reassure its Eastern member states.

The NATO Summit will be held on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 September and will host over 70 world leaders. The main aims of the Summit include addressing emerging threats from failed states, regional conflicts, terrorism and cyber attacks.


UK terrorist threat level raised to ‘severe’, Theresa May says

The UK’s terror threat level is being raised from “substantial” to “severe” in response to conflicts in Iraq and Syria, Home Secretary Theresa May says.

The new alert level means an attack on the UK is “highly likely”, although Mrs May said there was no intelligence to suggest an attack was “imminent”.

It is the second highest of five possible UK threat levels.

PM David Cameron said at least 500 people had travelled from the UK “to fight in Syria and potentially Iraq”.

He said Islamic State (IS) extremists – who are attempting to establish a “caliphate”, or Islamic state, in the region – represented a “greater and deeper threat to our security than we have known before”.

During a news conference at Downing Street, Mr Cameron announced new legislation to make it easier to take passports away from people travelling abroad to join the conflict.

Efforts are currently under way to identify a suspected British jihadist who appeared in IS footage of the killing of US journalist James Foley.

National Policing Lead for Counter-Terrorism Assistant Commissioner Mark Rowley said security and protection measures were being increased from Friday.

Prime Minister David Cameron

Prime Minister David Cameron announced new measures to tackle terror suspects

In a statement Mrs May said: “The increase in the threat level is related to developments in Syria and Iraq where terrorist groups are planning attacks against the West.

“Some of those plots are likely to involve foreign fighters who have travelled there from the UK and Europe to take part in those conflicts.

“The first and most important duty of government is the protection of the British people.

“We have already taken steps to improve our powers and increase our capabilities for dealing with the developing terrorist threats we face. That process will continue and the British public should be in no doubt that we will take the strongest possible action to protect our national security.”

She said the UK faced a “real and serious” threat from international terrorism, urging members of the public to remain vigilant.

Sourced by BBC News


NATO Wales 2014: Information for Enthusiasts

Due to security restrictions surrounding the NATO Wales 2014 Summit there will be restrictions imposed to enthusiasts around Cardiff Airport.  There are currently two official locations for enthusiasts who are looking to take advantage of the rare visitors that the summit will bring.

The Cambrian Cafe Bar

As most people know the 2014 NATO conference takes place in Wales for the very first time. This will be high security event, with a high level of security forces, Police, PSCO’s and traffic wardens present as to be expected over the days before and during the event.

Rhoose road, Rhoose will be resident permit holders only, as issued by the Local council. There are a small number of places available for other vehicles near the white buildings, both employees of businesses’ present and those who have permits issued to them.

Seventy five places have been allocated to ‘Aircraft Enthusiasts’ on a first come first serve basis. This will include that all important permit if you have a vehicle – if a vehicle is parked anywhere in the vicinity of the Airport White Buildings / Rhoose road, Rhoose without displaying a permit, it will be Ticketed or clamped and released only upon payment of a fee. In certain circumstances, vehicles will be removed at the owners expense. The Local authority are ensuring that several hundred extra car parking spaces are made available during the event and will be arranging signage accordingly.

It is intended to open the Cambrian Café Bar at the following times;

Tuesday – 2nd September 2014 – Normal hours 0900-1600
Wednesday – 3rd September 2014 – 0600-2000
Thursday- 4th September 2014 – 0600-1800
Friday-5th September 2014 – 0800-2000

Tickets are £25 per day for the 3-5th September and are available to purchase each day at our premises with all the necessary details to be taken at the time of purchase. You can buy individual entry on particular days or multiples of days along with the car parking permits – all on a first come first serve basis. Three day tickets will go on sale Saturday/Sunday 23/24th August 2014 – you must turn up in person and bring Photo ID to purchase these tickets.

For those turning up at the premises on each day of the event, tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis if any remain available. Once the allocated tickets are sold no-one else will be allowed access to the premises. Please do not ring us in advance as this is the only method of sale authorised to take place during the event. The premises will remain open each day of the conference from the times shown above.. No food will be provided in the entrance fee, however those who bring their own food and drink will be removed and have no further access during the event. Any liquids being taken into the premises will be removed and destroyed in accordance with security requirements.

To gain access there is a Police stop check at Rhoose Road and to the entrance at the cafe – Your luggage will be checked for any items deemed a security risk, and you MUST provide photographic ID. (passport/D.Licence). You will not be allowed access otherwise.

Porthkerry Caravan Park

The Vale of Glamorgan Council will be providing parking for enthusiasts at the Porthkerry Caravan Park.  Enthusiasts will be directed to the Porthkerry Caravan park by temporary road signs.

The car park will be open from the following times;

Tuesday – 2nd September 2014 – 14:00
Wednesday – 3rd September 2014 – 0600
Thursday- 4th September 2014 – 0600
Friday-5th September 2014 – 0600

There will be a charge of £3.00 per car.

 


NATO Wales 2014: Cardiff Airport Passenger Information

Information for passengers

Cardiff Airport will remain open and operate ‘business as usual’ during the NATO Wales Summit on 4th and 5th September and in the days leading up to the Summit. It is expected that all scheduled and charter flights will be operating as normal.

Passengers will be able to access the Airport via the main eastern approach (from Cardiff/Barry) with parking, pick up and drop off and public transport access unaffected.  The western approach (from Llantwit Major) will be closed periodically and passengers will access and exit the Airport site via the eastern route.  

Passengers are advised to leave extra time when travelling to and from Cardiff Airport during these dates to allow for any possible disruption on the roads in and around the region.

Statement from Vale of Glamorgan Council

Traffic restrictions during NATO Summit

The Vale of Glamorgan Council will be implementing temporary traffic restrictions to ensure the free flow of traffic and to manage any inappropriate parking close to Cardiff Airport during the NATO summit in September.

The temporary legal order will be in place between 12:00 Tuesday 02 September and 23.59 Friday 05 September 2014.

The order will prohibit waiting on Rhoose Road between the roundabout with Porthkerry Road and the road’s end. The road will remain open. However, a temporary legal order will be in place to enable the police to close the road if required. Waiting will also be prohibited on the unnamed roads that lead from Porthkerry Road to Porthkerry village.

Residents on the roads affected will be receiving letters from the Council giving them further details of the restrictions.

Operational Manager for Highways and Engineering, Michael Clogg, said: “Access and parking for residents and businesses along Rhoose Road will be maintained at all times and every effort will be made to minimise any disruption. Temporary parking permits will be issued to all residents and businesses who are registered keepers of vehicles along Rhoose Road before  02 September.”

www.gov.uk/nato-wales-local


NATO Wales 2014: The Cambrian Cafe Bar

As most people know the 2014 NATO conference takes place in Wales for the very first time. This will be high security event, with a high level of security forces, Police, PSCO’s and traffic wardens present as to be expected over the days before and during the event.

Rhoose road, Rhoose will be resident permit holders only, as issued by the Local council. There are a small number of places available for other vehicles near the white buildings, both employees of businesses’ present and those who have permits issued to them.

Seventy five places have been allocated to ‘Aircraft Enthusiasts’ on a first come first serve basis. This will include that all important permit if you have a vehicle – if a vehicle is parked anywhere in the vicinity of the Airport White Buildings / Rhoose road, Rhoose without displaying a permit, it will be Ticketed or clamped and released only upon payment of a fee. In certain circumstances, vehicles will be removed at the owners expense. The Local authority are ensuring that several hundred extra car parking spaces are made available during the event and will be arranging signage accordingly.

It is intended to open the Cambrian Café Bar at the following times;

Tuesday – 2nd September 2014 – Normal hours 0900-1600
Wednesday – 3rd September 2014 – 0600-2000
Thursday- 4th September 2014 – 0600-1800
Friday-5th September 2014 – 0800-2000

Tickets are £25 per day for the 3-5th September and are available to purchase each day at our premises with all the necessary details to be taken at the time of purchase. You can buy individual entry on particular days or multiples of days along with the car parking permits – all on a first come first serve basis. Three day tickets will go on sale Saturday/Sunday 23/24th August 2014 – you must turn up in person and bring Photo ID to purchase these tickets.

For those turning up at the premises on each day of the event, tickets will be sold on a first come first serve basis if any remain available. Once the allocated tickets are sold no-one else will be allowed access to the premises. Please do not ring us in advance as this is the only method of sale authorised to take place during the event. The premises will remain open each day of the conference from the times shown above.. No food will be provided in the entrance fee, however those who bring their own food and drink will be removed and have no further access during the event. Any liquids being taken into the premises will be removed and destroyed in accordance with security requirements.

To gain access there is a Police stop check at Rhoose Road and to the entrance at the cafe – Your luggage will be checked for any items deemed a security risk, and you MUST provide photographic ID. (passport/D.Licence). You will not be allowed access otherwise.

DO NOT FORGET THIS IS A HIGH SECURITY EVENT and it is to be expected that delays may take place, we ask all our customers and guests to be tolerant of all local business’s close by and patient whilst they are checked upon arrival. DO NOT PARK IN ANY OF THE ALLOCATED PARKING SPACES outside the white building.


Sion Barry assesses Jon Horne’s performance as chief executive of Cardiff Airport

Chief executive of Cardiff Airport Jon Horne

By Sion Barry,

I have heard it said that Jon Horne was far “too nice” and was not a natural leader.

Well he was chief executive when the airport was a listed company (with the intense scrutiny from brokers and institutional investors in the city) under its TBI ownership period when it passenger numbers reached a high point of more than two million.

Being nice and an effective leader are not incompatible and Mr Horne has a proven track-record of success in numerous airport executive roles.

For me he was absolutely the right person when he returned to the airport for his second stint as chief executive last year after the airport was acquired from Spanish owner Abertis by the Welsh Government in a £52m deal.

He leaves the airport on good terms and no doubt with a favourable settlement form its impressive and rightly so challenging board.

 I am sure he will resurface again soon in a leading executive role in the aviation sector.

In post for just over a year he can take much credit for arresting passenger decline and starting the process, with only a small improvement to date granted – of taking passenger numbers over the next five years towards three million. The annual passenger number is currently at just over one million.

Having lost Flybe routes under Mr Horne’s leadership the airport was quick to fill the breach by bringing in German-owned airline CityJet earlier this year.

And in a major boost he also brought back Europe’s biggest low cost carrier Ryanair – after an eight year gap – with a new route from this autumn from Cardiff to Tenerife.

He and his executive team have been in continuous talks with Ryanair with the target of the airline adding more routes from Cardiff for its summer season in 2015.

A Middle Eastern route is also a target, but the airport needs to demonstrate that it can provide the required passenger numbers to make any route commercially viable.

I am sure Mr Horne would have successfully taken the airport through its next phase of passenger growth, but that will now be left for his successor – starting with Debra Barber in a managing director interim capacity – to achieve.

Sourced by Wales Online


Cardiff Airport executive Debra Barber confirmed as interim managing director

Interim MD of Cardiff Airport Debra Barber

By Sion Barry,

Cardiff Airport’s board has appointed Debra Barber as its interim managing director following the announcement earlier this morning that Jon Horne will stand down as chief executive from September 1.

Ms Barber, who joined the airport in 2012 as its director of operations after a distinguished career in the RAF, has made a positive input since her arrival.

Having joined the military in 1984, she spent the first ten years working in and around RAF airfields as an Air Traffic Controller before retiring as Group Captain and Air Traffic Management Force Commander, responsible for all RAF air traffic units in the UK and around the world.

Chair of the airport’s board Lord Rowe Beddoe said: “Ms Barber played a leading role in the commercial development and expansion of Basrah International Airport in Iraq. 

“She also had command responsibilities for the military element of the En Route Air Traffic Control Centre at Swanwick in Hampshire, was directly involved in the UK response to the volcanic ash crisis in 2010, and represented the military air traffic management organisation during preparations for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Ms Barber said: “Our priority is to return the business to its previous level of success and beyond, focusing on increasing passenger numbers and enhancing the number of destinations on offer.

“We want the people of Wales to be proud of their airport and for them, along with visitors to our country, to have a wonderful experience when using it.

“Staff are being trained to ensure the highest standards in customer service and we are paying close attention to every detail. Having received great feedback on the improvements we’ve made so far, I am pleased to have this opportunity to lead the Airport through its continuing transformation.”

Lord Rowe Beddoe, said: “I am delighted that Ms Barber has accepted this position. We are all looking forward to working with her and drawing on her leadership expertise in her new role. Cardiff Airport has made a strong start on the journey back to success and I am sure that Debra will take the business to the next level in its growth.”

Mr Horne returned to Cardiff Airport as chief executive last year after the airport was acquired by the Welsh Government for £52m from Abertis.

He will stand down from the beginning of next month. He was the airport’s chief executive when it was owned by TBI and for short period after it was acquired by Abertis.

 Sourced by Wales Online


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