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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.


Radiator firm creates 120 new jobs in Newport

Quinn Radiators Ltd is creating 120 jobs at its site in Imperial Park, Newport. Credit: ITV Wales

Over 100 jobs are being created at a radiator firm in Newport with the help of the Welsh Government.

Quinn Radiators Ltd (QRL) is creating 120 jobs at its plant on Imperial Park and will safeguard 290 existing jobs there with the help of a £3million commercial loan from the Welsh Government.

The QRL plant is an important local employer and the loan, which is offered on commercial terms and is repayable, will ensure manufacturing continues in Newport with plans to increase production and exports.

I am also pleased to note that the Group will be using supplies from Tata Steel that is made in Wales for their range of radiators which can only be good news.

– Edwina Hart AM, Economy Minister

The domestic central heating radiator manufacturing business has two production lines at the site with the capacity to produce around 3.5million radiators a year.

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