6 MAY 2019
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A 7% increase in numbers over the previous total has given Cardiff Airport a new record for the 12 months to the end of April with more than 1.6m passengers using the facility. It was the airport’s busiest year since 2009.
Passenger growth for April itself was 20% up over the same month last year, at 126,399, with officials saying it reflected the airport’s position not only as a point of departure but also as a key international gateway for visitors to the UK.
Passenger numbers at Cardiff have grown by more than 60% since the Welsh government purchased the airport in 2013. CEO Deb Barber said: “It has been a transformational time.”
The growth in April was due to several factors, including Ryanair adding new services to Barcelona and Malta, complementing its existing flights to Faro and Tenerife. The airline is also starting flights to Malaga next month.
In addition, Thomas Cook added a larger Airbus A321 to its base at Cardiff and started its summer schedule earlier, adding a new route to Enfidha in Tunisia, while it was Qatar Airways’ first April serving the Welsh capital.
The airport continues to make improvements to the terminal including new e-passport gates and a bigger security search area.
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