An airline has decided to discontinue flights from Cardiff Airport to Glasgow because not enough passengers were using the service.
CityJet is also reducing its flights between Cardiff and Edinburgh from three return trips a day to two.
Cardiff Airport managing director Debra Barber said: “We are continuing to work closely with CityJet who will operate flights to Paris and Edinburgh throughout the winter season, both of which exceeded expectations during the first year of operations.
“CityJet has acknowledged Cardiff Airport as a key component in its strategy for UK regional growth and is an important partner for the airport in delivering key routes to and from Wales, with these services being essential for both inbound and outbound travel needs.
“Our priority is to return the business to its previous level of success and beyond with ongoing discussions with our existing and potential new airlines about enhancing the number of destinations on offer.
“We want the people of Wales to be proud of their airport and for them, along with visitors to our country, to have a wonderful experience when using it.”
Patrick Lukan, chief commercial officer at CityJet, said: “Route changes such as Glasgow to Cardiff are all part of the process an airline goes through and networks are constantly evolving. We will maintain connections between Scotland and Wales via our Edinburgh route.”
No commitment has been given to resume the Glasgow service next year.
Shadow Transport Minister Byron Davies said: “It is concerning to learn that the Cardiff to Glasgow route is to be dropped just nine months after it was revived by CityJet, having been ditched by Flybe as part of its Cardiff Airport cutbacks last year.
“Having flagship airlines pulling key domestic routes is not the sign of a confident, growing airport which has the confidence of passengers and the aviation industry.
“This latest route withdrawal begs questions about whether the strategy for growth at Wales’ state-owned airport is right and whether opportunities for growth, route development and marketing are being properly explored.”
An air industry source said: “CityJet’s decisions are bad news for Cardiff Airport. People will get into the habit of using alternative flights from Bristol.”
Cardiff Airport was bought by the Welsh Government for £52m last year.
A Welsh Government spokeswoman said: “This is a commercial matter for the airport.”
Sourced from walesonline