South East Wales

Call to rename Cardiff Airport after Princess Diana

Cardiff Airport and Princess Diana Image copyright BBC/PA
Image caption Previous suggestions to rename Cardiff Airport include "Dylan Thomas" and "Robert Owen"

Renaming Cardiff Airport in memory of Princess Diana would boost international recognition, a former councillor has said.

Mohammed Sarul Islam believes changing the name would generate publicity and act as a memorial.

The former Cardiff councillor has put forward a petition calling on the Welsh Government to change the name.

Assembly members will consider the petition, which gathered 16 signatures, on Tuesday

A petition needs a minimum of 10 signatures to be discussed by the Assembly Petitions Committee, under current assembly rules.

Image caption Mohammed Sarul Islam says renaming the airport would attract international customers

Mr Sarul Islam, president of the Commonwealth Business and Investment Council for Wales, said rebranding the airport with such a well-known name would attract international customers.

It is not the first time calls have been made to rename the airport, bought by the Welsh Government for £52m in 2013.

Previous suggestions include rebranding it the Robert Owen International Airport of Wales - after the Welsh pioneer of the Cooperative Movement - and Dylan Thomas International Airport Cardiff.

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