A year on Cardiff Airport going from strength to strengthPosted: March 27, 2014
A year after the Welsh Government purchased Cardiff Airport, the First Minister, Carwyn Jones, has spoken about the positive changes that have taken place and the work that is underway to ensure the airport continues to go from strength to strength.
Speaking ahead of a visit to Cardiff Airport for a scheduled flight to North Wales, the First Minister said the facts speak for themselves, with the Airport experiencing continued growth, adding new destinations, a new airline and with passenger numbers have grown by 9% since the Airport was purchased.
Work is underway to improve access to and customer experience of the airport. In the last year a new, speedier bus service to the Airport was launched and a £10million loan from Welsh Government has led to improved facilities to meet modern standards.
The First Minister said:
“We invested in this Airport as we believe it is a key gateway to Wales, playing a crucial role in our economy. Where others were quick to highlight shortfalls, we could see the potential and I am delighted that we have seen ten consecutive months of growth, showing our business plan is working.
“In February passenger numbers were up 30 per cent on the same month in the previous year – a great achievement which we expect to continue, as we push ahead with improvement plans and make attracting new routes and airlines our main priority.”
During his visit to the Airport the First Minister will see some of the improvement work already underway, including a new security zone, due to open before the holiday season, which is double the size of the existing area and includes modernised equipment, such as automatic boarding card reader entry gates and full body scanners.
He will also announce that charges to drop off and pick up will be removed in addition to existing improvements providing customers with access to free wi-fi and trolleys in the Airport.
The First Minister added:
“Customer satisfaction is vital if we are to meet our ambitious targets to see the number of passengers continue to rise, this is why we are investing in improving people’s experience during their time at the airport.
“Removing drop off and pick up charges and trolley charges may seem like small things, but they were doing nothing to attract people to use Cardiff. We want to ensure customers are getting a high quality service and I believe these changes, along with improvements to access and facilities, and attracting new routes, are helping us to create a facility of which Wales can be proud.”