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.
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
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.
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.
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,