New routes from Cardiff Airport

Airline Flybe has announced the launch of four new routes from Cardiff Airport.

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Winter ski routes from Cardiff Airport announced

Just six months after the Welsh Government controversially bought Cardiff Airport with more than £50m of public money there are hopes that it might be changing its fortunes.

Four new winter routes were announced today and passenger numbers are up 9% in the summer months compared to last year.

But is still early days, as our Business Correspondent Carole Green reports.

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Flybe to announce four new routes from Cardiff Airport

Airline Flybe is due to announce today four new routes to fly from Cardiff Airport this winter.

The low-cost carrier currently operates flights from Cardiff to 16 destinations, in the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and continental Europe.

Details of the new routes will be available later.

Flybe's announcement is a boost to the Welsh Government, after it bought Cardiff Airport earlier this year. Credit: PA

Flybe announced it was reviewing its UK operations earlier in the year, with jobs cuts, but said operations at Cardiff would be unaffected.

The airline says today's announcement reflects its "commitment to expanding further its operations to and from the Welsh capital."

The Welsh Government announced bought Cardiff Airport in March, and pledged to turn it around after falling passenger numbers in recent years.

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