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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.

Cardiff Airport CEO: 'Task ahead won't be easy'

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'.

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.

– Jon Horne, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff International Airport

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Former Cardiff Airport MD Jon Horne returns as CEO

Jon Horne was Managing Director at Cardiff Airport from 2001 to 2007

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.

Welsh Conservatives interrupt council tax discussion to question buying Cardiff Airport

Andrew RT Davies AM, Leader of the Welsh Conservative Group interrupted Labour's Mick Antoniw AM in plenary this afternoon and demanded an answer on the Welsh Government's plans to take over Cardiff airport.

A Conservative urgent question about the take-over was turned down by the Assembly's Presiding Officer, Rosemary Butler.

AMs have been recalled for one day from their Christmas recess to debate council tax benefit regulations.

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First Minister won't face airport questions today

A Conservative urgent question about the Welsh Government's plans to take over Cardiff International Airport has been turned down by the Assembly's Presiding Officer, Rosemary Butler. AMs have been recalled for one day from their Christmas recess to debate council tax benefit regulations.

The Conservatives wanted to use the opportunity to question Carwyn Jones about his announcement yesterday that his government is in negotiations to buy the airport from its present owners. It's a matter of judgement for the Presiding Officer whether to grant an urgent question.

I understand she decided that as today's meeting is an exceptional session, called to deal with specific business, it would be inappropriate to allow an urgent question on any topic. AMs could still link the purchase of the airport to the reduction in council tax benefit during today's debate.

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Conservatives to ask urgent question about Cardiff Airport deal

Yesterday, Carwyn Jones said he's committed to making Cardiff Airport "realise its true potential" Credit: ITV News Wales

The Welsh Conservatives are expected to ask an urgent question today over the Welsh Government's plan to buy Cardiff Airport.

First Minister Carwyn Jones announced the proposals yesterday amid growing concerns about the future of the airport.

The move, which is still subject to negotiations, has been attacked by the owners of the rival Bristol Airport and the Welsh Conservatives.

A history of Cardiff Airport

Cardiff's original airport, in Pengam Moors, opened in 1931 and operated until 1954.

The airport site near Rhoose village, in Vale of Glamorgan, opened as an airfield in 1942 and was used to train Spitfire pilots during the WWII.

1962 Main runway opened

1965 Ownership of the airport passed from the UK Government to Glamorgan County Council

1972 The new terminal building was officially opened by Prince Philip.

1986 The runway was extended by 750ft to accommodate Boeing 747 jumbo jets.

1990 Passenger flights topped 100,000 per year. 3years later reached 750,000

1995 Privatised

2007 Annual passenger numbers peaked at 2.7 million

2011 Bmibaby pulled its services from the airport

2011 reported operating loss of £319,000

Owain Phillips reports on the Welsh Government's announcement to buy Cardiff Airport

The Welsh Government says it is prepared to use public money to buy the struggling Cardiff airport. The surprise move comes amid growing claims that the airport is not doing enough to attract passengers and businesses to boost the Welsh economy. Political reporter Owain Phillips reports,

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