Cardiff Airport Growth After Government Buyout
March 17, 2014
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  • The number of passengers using Cardiff airport has risen by 9% since it was taken over by the Welsh government last year.

    The airport was acquired last March for £52 million amid concerns about investment by its then Spanish owners.

    Cardiff has seen 10 months of continuous growth since May 2013.

    Airport bosses hope to break the one million passenger mark for the financial year by the end of March.

    Passenger numbers between May to February represent an increase of 10.6% on the same period the previous year.

    A total of 997,000 used the airport in the 12 months to March 2013. For the year to the end of this month, the airport is expecting to handle 1,080,000 passengers, the BBC reported.

    Airport chief executive Jon Horne said: “It is a solid start to the work that needs to be done to deliver continued growth over the coming years.

    “The past year has seen lots of change for the better, resulting in an upturn in passenger numbers that began within just six weeks of acquisition by the Welsh government.

    “More capacity and new services have contributed to the 10 months’ consecutive growth the airport has reported.

    “There’s much more to be done, but I’m confident we’re on the right track with a strong team in place, committed to delivering on our growth strategy.”

    The Welsh government has given the airport a £10 million loan for renovations, repayable over a 12-year period.

    New routes and airlines have also been added recently, including Cityjet flying to Glasgow and Paris.

    CityJet is also starting routes to Edinburgh and Jersey this month and may look to expand services in future.