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Flybe withdraws Paris and Glasgow routes from Cardiff

Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

The airline Flybe has announced it is withdrawing its Paris and Glasgow routes from Cardiff Airport from January.

It follows several months of bad press for the airport, which was bought by the Welsh Government earlier this year in a bid to reverse its fortunes.

Paul Simmons, Flybe's Chief Commercial Officer, said: "We have taken a long hard look at all the routes we fly from Cardiff to make sure they are what our customers really want and that they operate at the best possible times for everyone."

The airline said it will still operate its planned schedule to the two destinations to accommodate those travelling for the Six Nations’ matches in February.

It added passengers affected are being contacted and offered, where possible, an alternative Flybe flight or full refund.

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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.

Emergency response 'precautionary measure'

A spokesman for George Best Belfast City airport said the emergency response was triggered as a "precautionary measure".

Flybe confirmed the incident, saying all passengers would be resuming their journey on a replacement aircraft.

Flybe can confirm that flight BE281 en route to Cardiff this morning returned to George Best Belfast City Airport shortly after take off due to a technical fault. As a precaution and in line with standard procedures the emergency services were alerted. The aircraft landed normally and the 64 passengers and 4 crew disembarked safely and without incident. They will be resuming their journey shortly on a replacement aircraft.

– Flybe spokesman

Cardiff-bound jet forced to turn back

A Cardiff-bound plane has returned to Belfast City airport this morning due to a technical fault.

The Flybe flight landed at around 8am shortly after taking off. All 64 passengers and four crew members disembarked safely.

There was some disruption at the east Belfast facility during the incident. A replacement plane is due to take the passengers on to Cardiff later.

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Figures reveal passenger growth at Cardiff Airport

Passenger numbers at Cardiff Airport grew by 6% in July 2013 compared to the same time last year, according to figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority.

It follows a 9% growth in May and 10% growth in June, averaging 8.3% growth over the three months.

Airlines Vueling, Air Malta, and Aer Lingus showed the strongest growth.

The airport's chief executive Jon Horne said it was 'really positive news'.

It is great to see passenger numbers growing once again. It is a relatively small start, but we are confident there is a trend established and the beginning of our strategy to win back those passengers that have been lost to Bristol and other airports in England.

The challenge for us is straightforward. If we bring back the choice of flights, people will choose Cardiff again and this is what is happening.

– Jon Horne, Chief Executive of Cardiff Airport

The struggling airport was purchased by the Welsh Government for £52m earlier this year.

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