“During the past two years we have worked with Visit Wales to promote Wales as an attractive market to German originating tourism. There has been good success with passenger traffic between Germany and Wales increasing by 43% on the same period last year, with over 8000 German visitors flying to Cardiff during this period. Not only did passengers using the Dusseldorf – Cardiff route increase by 20%, in addition our KLM services which connect to 10 German airports have also seen a significant uplift as a result of the activity.
“The reports circulating today regarding the service for next year are misleading as we are in discussions with a number of airlines – including Germanwings, regarding continuing the development of services linking Wales to Germany for 2015 and beyond, which includes the Dusseldorf route. This is in line with good commercial practice.”
The Conservative opposition in the Welsh Government view the development as a sign of trouble for the Welsh Government’s running of Cardiff Airport, which it acquired for £52m.
Leader of the Welsh Tories Andrew RT Davies said: “This is extremely worrying news for the Welsh Government owned airport, particularly coming so soon after the recent withdrawal of flights to Glasgow.
“It is also deeply concerning that Germanwings has cut its losses so quickly, having only established the route to Germany seven months ago.
“From the very beginning we have questioned the wisdom of Welsh Labour’s decision to nationalise the airport at huge cost to the taxpayer. Labour Ministers must act quickly to shore up flagging confidence and to attract much needed new routes.”