Cardiff Airport has posted an increase in passengers for three consecutive months as its new government owners look to turnaround its fortune.
In recent Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) figures, the airport saw 6% growth in passengers in July 2013 compared to last year, totalling 134, 173 passengers.
The increase followed other rises in May of 9% and a 10% increase in June, with the first week of August seeing a 17% increase in traffic compared to the same week in 2012.
In addition the airport has passed the million passenger mark for a 12-month period, seeing 1, 016, 603 travel through from August 2012 to July 2013.
Vueling, Air Malta and Aer Lingus were the airlines that posted the highest growth from the airport. The former has been helped by new routes to leisure destinations such as Malaga and Alicante, while Aer Lingus uses its routes to connect to Ireland and onward to the USA.
Jon Horne, chief executive of Cardiff Airport said the figures were a “small start” for its ambitious plans to bring more flights back to the airport.
“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,” he explained.
“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 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,” he added.