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Passenger numbers up at Cardiff Airport

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

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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.

Visitor numbers up at Cardiff Airport

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Cardiff Airport says passenger numbers in September were up by a fifth.It says over 25,000 more customers flew through Wales’ national Airport last month compared to 2014.

The level of growth has not been seen since 2006 and, it says, is set to continue into 2016.

The past four months have seen notable growth which is set to continue. The success of the new Flybe base plus strong load factors for airlines including KLM, Vueling, Aer Lingus and Thomson are also very encouraging.

– Lord Rowe-Beddoe, Chairman, Cardiff Airport

The airport was bought by the Welsh Government in March 2013.

Last month the Welsh Government hit back at concerns raised by UK Government officials about loans to the airport.

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Cardiff Airport sees increase in passenger numbers

Flybe is one of the airlines to operate from Cardiff. Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Economy and Transport Minister Edwina Hart has welcomed the increase in passengers at Cardiff Airport during the peak summer months.

The airport has seen passenger numbers increase by 10% during the 2015 peak summer season, compared to the same quarter in 2014.

I am very encouraged to see people are taking advantage of the extended choice of destinations now available at Cardiff Airport. The new Flybe destinations and Vueling flights to Spain have been popular this summer.

It is clear Cardiff Airport is now in a much stronger position than it was when we took ownership two years ago and our investment is starting to pay off. I look forward to seeing Cardiff Airport go from strength to strength and become a gateway to Wales for business and leisure travellers.”

– Edwimna Hart AM, Economy and Transport Minister

Flybe announce new Cardiff route and more flights

Airline Flybe has announced a new route from Cardiff airport and more flights to existing destinations.

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From Monday a new all-year service between Cardiff and Munich begins - with flights five times a week.

The airline says additional flights will also be added to:

  • Cork - boosting the current Saturday service with a second weekly flight on Tuesdays
  • Dublin – increase to double daily flights Monday – Friday and addition of an early morning flight on Saturdays
  • Dusseldorf - an extra three flights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to boost the existing Saturday service
  • Edinburgh – increase to twice daily service Monday – Friday, and Sundays
  • Glasgow – now operating five flights a week Monday – Thursday, and Sundays
  • Milan Malpensa – Increase to three flights a week with addition of Thursdays and Sundays
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle - new daily service, up from existing four flights a week.

We are very excited to see the arrival of the second aircraft which will really strengthen the Flybe network with more choice for customers offering convenience and value for money.

The increased frequency on key routes and the addition of Munich is particularly beneficial for those travelling to and from Wales on business.

– Debra Barber, Managing Director at Cardiff Airport,
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