Jan 14 stats are now on the WAF site. Click here to view. 

Another very positive month for Cardiff. Passengers up 17.9% for Jan and up 5% rolling year to a total of 1,063,933.

Many routes seen in the green – ALC up 190%, DUB up 18%, EDI up 15%, AGP up 95% and AMS up 21%. Routes that saw drops included NCL down 10%, BHD down 12% and SSH down 2%. January saw the start of ORY and GLA by Cityjet and Flybe coming off CDG and GLA. Both Glasgow and Paris (ORY + CDG) saw drops in overall numbers due to this change over and the short lead in time to the Cityjet flights. ORY saw initial loads of around 14 PAX (28%), however, it is not possible to see how well GLA performed as it is mixed in with the BE figures. February and March will give a better indication of how GLA and ORY are performing. The BGI charter saw a 100% load which is excellent and TOM has already announced an increase in Caribbean charters for next winter and new cruise charters to Genoa this Summer.

GNB and LYS both took a hiatus from the beginning of January till start of February, hence the low passenger numbers. Due to this very few passengers will have headed back on the outbound flights due to the 4 week break, therefore loads could actually be seen to be 78% and 86% respectively for GNB and LYS, which is quite encouraging. GVA has a quieter month in Jan with loads of 52% and CMF had loads of 38%. However, both of these routes are on sale for Winter 14/15 which is a good sign!

VY had a poor month again on ALC and AGP with loads of 46% and 54% respectively. February should be better for them with half term, however, I can’t see VY trying winter ops at CWL next year, maybe only an extended operating schedule i.e. until November and then restart Feb 15.

Lets try to keep this momentum moving forward into the summer. However with TOM, TCX, EIR and WX (compared to BE) capacity reductions and currently VY having a quieter schedule for July/August to ALC and AGP, it may be difficult.


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