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Passenger numbers up at Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport says it's recorded its 8th consecutive month of growth.

Credit: Cardiff Airport

Passenger numbers for the month of January totalled almost 60,000 which is a 42% increase on January 2015. Passenger numbers grew by 56% in December compared to the same month in 2014, and over 64,000 passengers flew over the festive period.

Increasingly the choice of flights is encouraging business travellers to fly from Cardiff all year round, enjoying the convenience of flying locally. 2015 has been a real turning point for Cardiff Airport. We’ve had lots of exciting developments including a new base for Flybe with 14 routes on offer, as well as consistently strong performances from airlines including Thomson, KLM, Vueling, Aer Lingus and Thomas Cook.

– Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer

Meanwhile the Welsh Government's announced that a new seven month contract for the air service between north and south Wales has been awarded to Van Air. Citywing will partner Van Air to provide the ticketing and marketing of the service.

A full tender for a longer term contract to operate the service will be launched shortly.

Parents say pupils treated as 'guinea pigs' over Cardiff school plans

Parents in Cardiff say pupils are being treated as 'guinea pigs', over plans to change school catchment areas.

One father has told ITV News it currently takes his son 40 seconds to walk to school and under the new proposals, it'll take 40 minutes.

Cardiff Council say it's important that catchment areas are continually reviewed in order to 'make the best use of places in the city'.

Megan Boot reports:

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