Airport enjoys hike in passenger numbers
PASSENGER numbers are on the rise at Cardiff Airport.
Figures released by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show numbers have grown by 6 per cent totalling 134,173 in July compared to the same month last year. This follows 9 per cent growth in May and 10 per cent growth in June, making an average growth of 8.3 per cent for the three months.
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. August has also started well with the first week recording an increase of 17 per cent 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.
Jon Horne, chief executive of Cardiff Airport 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 again and this is what is happening. The point has been proved by Vueling, whose capacity has increased by 97 per cent in 2013 compared to last year and people are responding to that choice."
Cardiff Airport has been named the worst terminal for passenger experience in a new survey of the UK's small airports.
However, the figures follow on a passenger airport survey from consumer group Which? showing the terminal was ranked equal last in a league table of airports with fewer than four million passengers a year.
Cardiff scored 52 per cent, joint last with Glasgow Prestwick, while London Southend (84 per cent), Humberside (81 per cent) and Sheffield's Robin Hood airports (78 per cent) topped the table.
The Rhoose terminal only scored one star for food outlets, shops and facilities and two stars for airport environment and toilets.
It was awarded three stars for speed of check-in, airport security, airport design and information and navigation — but was behind most small airports in these areas too.
In June, Which? asked its members to complete an survey about their experience of flying from a UK airport in the past year. More than 11,500 people responded, including 107 Cardiff Airport passengers.
Cardiff ranked more favourably compared to the large airports, scoring the same as London Gatwick South Terminal (52 per cent) and ahead of Stanstead (50 per cent), Belfast (48 per cent) and Luton (43 per cent). It was also ranked above the Heathrow terminals, except T5.
A Which? spokesman said: "Cardiff, like other small airports, scored poorly for food and shopping outlets but is competing with major airports on speed of check-in, standards of security and queues at passport control."