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Passenger number rise for Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport has reported another year-on-year monthly rise in passenger numbers.

Figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show Cardiff Airport handle 134,173 passengers in July  – an increase of 6% on July 2012. This follows 9% growth in May and 10% growth in June, making an average growth of 8.3% for the quarter.

The rolling year comparison shows passenger numbers rising over the million passenger mark to 1,016,603 for the period August 2012 to July 2013.

The airport said that August has also started well with the first week recording an increase of 17% over the same week in 2012.

The airlines which showed the strongest growth were Vueling, Air Malta, and Aer Lingus. The increased schedule introduced by Vueling shows passenger growth soaring over 2012 due to the new three times a week service to Malaga and Alicante. Barcelona also proved popular increasing over the same time last year.

Chief executive of Cardiff airport, which was acquired by the Welsh Government from Spanish firm Abertis for £52m earlier this year,Jon Horne, said: “This is really positive news and 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 airport again and this is what is happening.

The point has been proved by Vueling, whose capacity has increased by 97% in 2013 compared to last year and people are responding to that choice.”

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