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Welsh Govt: 'Cardiff Airport is attractive for airlines'

The Welsh Government, which controversially bought Cardiff Airport last year for £52m after years of declining passenger numbers, says Ryanair's return "is proof that the airport is a highly attractive proposition for airlines."

This announcement is excellent news for Cardiff Airport, and clearly demonstrates potential for building the offer of low cost airlines. Ryanair is a major player in this sector so for them to introduce a route at Cardiff will help to build the profile of the airport and attract new customers.

It is also excellent news for travellers who will now have more choice and flexibility. Hopefully this will be the springboard for many more Ryanair flights from Cardiff.

This is one of several new flights operating from Cardiff since the Welsh Government bought the airport and is proof that the airport is a highly attractive proposition for airlines.

– Edwina Hart, Economy Minister

Last month, the airport announced a 9 per cent increase in passenger numbers since being taken over by the Welsh Government.

Read More: Welsh Government buys Cardiff Airport for £52m

Last year, Thomson, First Choice and Lufthansa all announced extra flights.

This January, CityJet stepped in to run services to Paris and Glasgow, after Flybe withdrew.

Cardiff Airport 'delighted' at Ryanair return

Cardiff Airport has said it is "delighted" that airline Ryanair has decided to begin flying again from the Vale of Glamorgan base, and it is "a major opportunity to increase choice for our customers."

We are delighted that Ryanair has chosen Cardiff as its 15th UK departure airport and see this as a major opportunity to increase choice for our customers.

This development fits perfectly with our strategy to grow the number of low cost airlines and flights available from Cardiff. It's great to add another major airline to our list and I'm sure this service will be a great success.

– Jon Horne, Cardiff Airport Chief Executive

Ryanair is returning to Cardiff, after withdrawing its route to Dublin in 2006.


Ryanair announces return to Cardiff Airport

Low-cost airline Ryanair has announced it will return to Cardiff Airport later this year with a new route to Tenerife.

Ryanair will fly from Cardiff Airport again after a five-year break. Credit: PA

The new weekly service to and from the destination will start from 30 October and the airline hopes it will take around 15,000 passengers each year.


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Cardiff Airport launches new flight services

Cardiff Airport has launched new flight services today following airline Flybe's decision last month to pull its routes.

Newcomers CityJet will offer daily services to Paris and Glasgow and summer routes to Jersey and Edinburgh.

It is welcome news for Cardiff Airport, which is owned by the taxpayer after being bought by the Welsh Government for over £50 million.

CityJet committed to operating flights from Cardiff

CityJet began operating flights from Cardiff Airport to Glasgow and Paris earlier this month. Credit: PA

The Chief Executive of CityJet, Christine Ourmières, says the company is committed to Cardiff Airport after the airline began operating flights from the Welsh capital and that new routes to Edinburgh and Jersey will be added from March 30th this year.

Cardiff Airport recently announced that it had secured CityJet, part of the Air France airline group, to operate the Glasgow and Paris routes and fill the breach left by Flybe. The airline started operating the routes earlier this month.

The airport was bought for £52m by the Welsh Government last year to try and safeguard the airport's future and increase passenger numbers.

Read More: New airline steps in to run Cardiff Airport routes

Cardiff-bound Flybe plane had 'minor technical fault'

Flybe has apologised to passengers, after one of its planes made an emergency landing in Paris on its way from Geneva to Cardiff Airport.

Flybe can confirm that flight BE1832 experienced a minor technical fault and diverted to Paris Orly.

A replacement aircraft has been sent and passengers are expected back into Cardiff before 2100 this evening.

Flybe would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

– Flybe spokesperson

Passenger praises Flybe crew after emergency landing

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