Strong summer sees passenger growth at Cardiff airport

Strong summer sees passenger growth at Cardiff airport

Palma topped the list of the most popular destinations served from Cardiff airport this summer as overall passenger numbers grew by 10%.

Passenger throughput was up by 12% in June, 8% in July and 10% in August compared to the same months in 2014.

Amsterdam proved to be the second most used route during the summer peak, followed by Dublin, Alicante, Malaga,
 Edinburgh, Dalaman, Ibiza, Lanzarote
and Tenerife.

Vueling flights to Spain had a good summer with further growth forecast for 2016.

KLM and Aer Lingus services are growing by providing access to connecting long flights via their respective hubs in Amsterdam and Dublin.

Dubai was the most popular long haul destination from Wales followed by the US, China and Malaysia.

Thomson and Thomas Cook have seen strong passenger numbers and continue to perform well, according to the airport.

Flybe opened a new base with two aircraft on June 1, operating a network of 13 routes.

Airport managing director, Debra Barber, said: “We are very pleased to see positive results from the summer season.

“The new Flybe base has been bedding in well and the flights are proving to be extremely popular, especially with new routes such as Cork, Düsseldorf, Munich, Milan and Faro now available.

“We know that customers will fly to and from Cardiff when there is the choice of destinations at reasonable prices.

“We remain focussed on giving customers even more options so that Cardiff becomes the airport of choice for both Welsh passengers and those travelling to Wales.”


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