The Welsh Government faces criticism for paying £52 million for Cardiff Airport. Rival Bristol Airport suggests it's a high price to pay.
A 'Severnside Airport' would replace Cardiff and Bristol airports.
MEP Kay Swinburne is attacking proposals by the Welsh Government to buy Cardiff Airport. She's raised the matter in the European Parliament.
Cardiff Airport says there will be extra flights to Tenerife and the Spanish city of Alicante this coming winter.
Thomson and First Choice, which already runs more flights than any other airline from Cardiff, will begin the services in November.
The airport says these additional flights mean a 17 percent increase in operations compared to last winter.
Paul Cooper, Airport Negotiations Manager for Thomson and First Choice, said: "Adding these new durations and additional flights from Cardiff Airport demonstrates our commitment to the airport and our Welsh customer base."
Jon Horne, Chief Executive for Cardiff Airport said: "We are delighted [the airline has] chosen to expand and commit to serving routes which we know are hugely popular with Welsh holidaymakers. This is the next step in increasing capacity and the choice of flights available from Cardiff."
The Welsh Government agreed a £52m deal to buy Cardiff Airport in March, and has started a project to improve the airport's appearance.
A new air service from Wales to Germany has begun today.
It's hoped the link from Cardiff to Dusseldorf will boost tourism here and encourage more flights into the airport.
Jon Horne, Chief Executive of Cardiff Airport said: "We’re extremely pleased to welcome Lufthansa to Cardiff, having such a prestigious national carrier is an important step for Cardiff and Wales.
"We hope that a successful initial service for Lufthansa will lead to further services between Germany and Wales"
Those behind a three-year revamp of Cardiff Airport say they hope it will give visitors an improved first impression of Wales, as well as welcoming home Welsh travellers.
– Jon Horne, Cardiff Airport Chief Executive
We have worked closely with the Welsh Government to ensure the project has a real impact on the passenger journey and is part of our ongoing commitment to improving the customer experience.
– Edwina Hart AM, Minister for Economy
First impressions are important... although this project will form just a small part of our wider work to improve facilities and services at Cardiff Airport, it should make a big impact with our visitors as they arrive in Wales.
A three-year project is underway to cosmetically improve Cardiff Airport following the Welsh Government's decision to buy it for £52 million last month.
Work by local artists will be displayed in walkways and public areas to promote Welsh culture and heritage to travellers.
It's just one component of work planned in efforts to make Cardiff Airport more competitive.
Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards will table an amendment to the UK Government's Finance Bill in a bid to speed up transfer of control of Air Passenger Tax to the Welsh Government.
Devolving the airport duty is one of the recommendations of the recent Silk Commission Report. Mr Edwards is urging Labour MPs to support his amendment.
The UK Government-sponsored Silk Commission in its first report recommended the full devolution of minor taxes such as Airport Duty, Aggregates tax, business rates, landfill tax and Stamp Duty, in addition to a tax-sharing arrangement for income tax.
There are three important reasons why the Welsh Government should be empowered with fiscal powers as advocated by the Silk Commission.
The newly-appointed CEO of Cardiff Airport says taking charge of the struggling premises 'will not be an easy task'.
Jon Horne added that he plans to 'listen to what people want from their airport and what businesses want'.
– Jon Horne, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff International Airport
I am delighted at being given the opportunity to take charge of Cardiff Airport once again at this very exciting time and I will do everything I possibly can to deliver an airport of which the people of Wales can once again be rightfully proud.
I recognise the task will not be an easy one, nor will it happen overnight, but I will not spare any effort in addressing the challenges ahead.
The former Managing Director of Cardiff Airport is returning as its new Chief Executive Officer, it has been announced.
Jon Horne held the position at the airport from 2001 to 2007 and previously worked at London City Airport and Sheffield Airport.
Last week the Welsh Government reached an agreement to buy the struggling airport.
The Easter getaway begins just a day after the Welsh Government bought Cardiff Airport for £52million.
On what should be one of the busiest times of the year there was the the all too familiar sight of quiet check in desks and departure lounges at their new purchase today.
One former marketing manager at the Airport has told ITV News that it's a good deal for the Government and the public.
The former marketing director of Cardiff Airport says it will take at least three years until we can see whether the Welsh Government's takeover of the airport has been a success.
Peter Phillips told ITV News that something needed to be done to put Wales 'back in charge' of its airport.
The man, who has also worked at Amsterdam's Schipol Airport, said that the airport was 'one of most important facilities we have in Wales.'
He said the Government got a 'pretty fair price' paying just a third of what the previous owners paid.
He said between £6m and £10m would need to be invested to make the airport attractive to new airlines.
There have been rumours that airlines based in Ireland and Eastern Europe may be interested in operating from the airport.