It is fair to say that Cardiff Airport is not having an entirely successful time of it at the moment. Its performance has suffered in comparison to Bristol Airport. Although the distance between the two airports is around 40 miles, there is evidence that too many Welsh passengers prefer to make the journey to Bristol Airport, with its larger volume of services,rather than use Cardiff.
The Airport is owned by the Spanish Company, Albertis, The owners have come under fire by the Welsh First Secretary, Mr Carwin Jones, who criticized the owners for lack of investment in Cardiff Airport.
Although the Airport carried 1.2 million passengers in 2011, numbers are falling. More than 2.1 million passengers were carried on 2007, but numbers have fallen since .
The future of Cardiff Airport and the perceived lack of investment by the owners has become a major political issue in Wales. Indeed, Mr Carwin Jones has called on Alberis to sell the the Airport if they are unwilling to make any further investment.