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Welsh Rugby Union boss Roger Lewis appointed as chair of Cardiff Airport

Welsh Rugby Union Chief, Roger Lewis has been appointed the new chair of Cardiff Airport.

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Mr Lewis announced last month that he would be leaving the WRU at the end of October following this autumn's Rugby World Cup.

He will take over from Lord Rowe-Beddoe in November.

Cardiff Airport is crucial to the economy of Wales both in terms of bringing visitors to our country and enabling easier business links with Europe and the rest of the world.

I am thrilled by the appointment and honoured by the confidence being shown in me.

I am now looking forward to focussing on the challenges ahead, working together with Welsh Government and the team at the Airport to continue the developments achieved both in the choice for travellers flying from and to Wales as well as in the infrastructure.

– Roger Lewis, Group Chief Executive of the Welsh Rugby Union


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German airline drops Cardiff route for 2015

Part of the Germanwings fleet at Dusseldorf Airport Credit: Matthias Balk/DPA/Press Association Images

The only direct air route linking Wales and Germany, a weekly flight between Cardiff and Dusseldorf, will not operate next year unless a new airline takes over the service.

Germanwings, which is owned by the Lufthansa Group, launched the low cost flights in April, as a seasonal service which ran until last month. The German route was seen as an important part of a strategy to bring more tourists to Wales. Visit Wales, the tourism arm of airport owner the Welsh Government, was closely involved in securing the Dusseldorf flights.

Cardiff Airport is still trying to renew the service for 2015.

The reports circulating today regarding the service for next year are misleading as we are in discussions with a number of airlines – including Germanwings

– Cardiff Airport Spokesperson

However, Germanwings confirmed to ITV News Cymru Wales that the airline has pulled out of Cardiff.

In 2015 we will not operate on the route Dusseldorf-Cardiff.

– Germanwings Spokesperson

The Welsh Government has been asked to comment. The Conservative opposition in the Assembly see this latest development as a further sign of trouble for the Welsh Government's running of Cardiff Airport, which it bought for £52 million.

This is very worrying news for Wales’ state-owned airport, following the recent withdrawal of Cityjet flights to Glasgow and a downward trend in annual passenger numbers.

This route was only launched seven months ago to great fanfare as a way to tap into the German market to bring more tourists to Wales. The fact that Germanwings has pulled out of Cardiff Airport altogether so soon suggests a complete failure to properly market Wales to German travellers and improve business links between Wales and Germany.

Labour ministers must engage with Cardiff Airport’s remaining carriers to maintain and expand their route options and focus on attracting new airlines to restore confidence in Wales’ flagship airport.

– Shadow Transport Minister Byron Davies AM

Catch up: The Airport, Episode 4

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Catch Up: The Airport, Episode 3

There’s car park disruption, as wrongly parked vehicles threaten to delay vital improvement works, and on the runway a small jet with technical problems brings the airport to a complete standstill. Ground crew have just 25 minutes to get the Barcelona flight turned around and back in the air with new passengers, and the airport welcomes a new carrier and with it expanded routes.

Catch up: The Airport, Episode 2

The Airport, Episode Two is now available to watch online

The race in on to dismantle the main security hall and move it to its new location before the first of the morning departures, and hundreds arrive at the terminal building all looking for a holiday bargain at a special travel fair. There’s a long night ahead for the runway repair team, while head of Customer Service Margaret James in on a mission to drive up standards.

Catch up: The Airport, Episode 1

A new series following day to day at Wales’s international airport

The builders move in to remove a despised airport landmark, and staff have to manage airline delays on one of the busiest days of the year – only for the fire alarm to force the terminal to be evacuated.

The airports firefighters get to grips with their new kit, while the arrival of a new carrier brings much needed new routes.

Chief Executive of Cardiff Airport to stand down

Jon Horne, who was Managing Director at Cardiff Airport from 2001 to 2007, returned as Chief Executive in April last year.

The Chief Executive of Cardiff Airport is to stand down in September, it has been announced.

Jon Horne, who took up the post in April last year after previously working as the airport's managing director, said a new perspective "will be beneficial for the next stage of development".

I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I have had to work with the great team at Cardiff Airport who have delivered very positive and significant change in a short space of time and it is a great credit to them.

There is still much work to be done, but I have agreed with the Chairman that a new perspective will be beneficial for the next stage of development and as such I have concluded my executive involvement.

– Jon Horne, Chief Executive of Cardiff Airport

Chairman Lord Rowe-Beddoe thanked Mr Horne for his work during his time at the airport and confirmed he will be available to the Board as an advisor.

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