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48 hour strike to affect Cardiff airport

Cardiff airport will be affected next week when more than 1,500 check-in staff, baggage handlers and cargo crew go on strike for 48 hours across the UK.

The strike is just before Christmas in a long-running pay dispute.

Credit: Cardiff Airport

Members of Unite employed by Swissport will walk out on December 23 and 24 at Cardiff and other airports across the UK.

We appreciate that this is a very busy time of year at the UK's airports and that's why we are calling for the company to engage in constructive talks under the auspices of Acas to resolve this dispute.

Unite's door is open 24/7 for such talks.

Our members are only taking this industrial action as a last resort in a bid to reach a fair settlement - our members have not had a pay rise since 2014.

– Unite national officer Oliver Richardson

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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.

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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