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GermanWings says it's pulling out of Cardiff Airport

Commenting on a claim from GermanWings that it is withdrawing from Cardiff Airport, just seven months after launching weekly flights to and from Dusseldorf, Byron Davies AM, Shadow Minister for Transport, said:

“This is very worrying news for Wales’ state-owned airport, following the recent withdrawal of CityJet flights to Glasgow and a downward trend in annual passenger numbers.

“This route was only launched seven months ago to great fanfare as a way to tap into the German market to bring more tourists to Wales.

“The fact that GermanWings appears to be pulling out so soon suggests a complete failure to properly market Wales to German travellers and improve business links between the two countries.

“Welsh Conservatives disagreed with Labour’s decision to spend 52 million pounds buying Cardiff Airport, but now it is state-owned, Labour Ministers must work hard to improve marketing and develop new routes.

“Labour Ministers must engage with Cardiff Airport’s remaining carriers to maintain and expand their route options and focus on attracting new airlines to restore confidence in Wales’ flagship airport.”