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'Technical issue' caused flight from Alicante to Cardiff to declare emergency

A flight from Alicante to Cardiff declared an emergency while in the air earlier today because of a technical issue.

Vueling explained that the problem was detected before landing.

137 passengers were on board.

A technical issue was detected before landing and following all safety procedures the Captain requested for a priority landing.

The aircraft has landed safely and passengers have disembarked as usual.

We had 137 passengers on board.

– Vueling spokesperson

The aeroplane landed safely at Cardiff airport at 11:27 am.

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Number of passengers using Cardiff Airport rises

The Welsh Government bought Cardiff airport in 2013. Credit: Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport has announced growth for September.

It says the rolling total number of passengers flying from Cardiff (from October 2015- September 2016) now stands at 1,352,045, (+27%). It says that is 16 consecutive months of growth.

Flybe’s Cardiff to London City route, launched due to the temporary closure of Wales’ Severn Tunnel, is a contributing factor to the increase.

We’ve experienced strong performance from our airlines with a mix of customers choosing both business and leisure destinations. September is an important month for us as the summer holidays come to an end and people are getting back to business

– Spencer Birns, Commercial Director

Cardiff Airport sees '14 consecutive months of growth'

Cardiff Airport bosses say the facility saw an increase of 17% in passenger numbers in July.

Cardiff Airport was bought by the Welsh Government in 2013. Credit: ITV News

The rolling total of passengers flying from Cardiff now stands at 1,326,923, representing 29% passenger growth over the last 12 months.

The opening of a new route to Berlin has been brought forward by a month to the 1st of October.

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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.

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