Bristol airport is the primary air gateway for Welsh passengers, new figures have shown.

Airport news for Bristol,Cardiff on 18/02/2013.

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Bristol airport is now the primary air gateway for Welsh passengers, new figures have shown.

According to a Civil Aviation Authority survey published last week, Cardiff airport saw a drop of nearly 200,000 travellers in 2012 to a total of about 1 million. Meanwhile, Bristol airport carried more Welsh travellers than Wales’ primary airport and hosted of total of more than 6 million passengers over the 12-month period.

The news comes amid the Welsh government’s efforts to buy Cardiff airport in a bid to revamp and revitalise the facility. The airport is currently owned by Spanish firm Aberitis and the two bodies are currently amid final negotiations for a deal, the BBC reported at the weekend.

A spokesman said on behalf of the Welsh government that no information would be published until a deal has been signed.

Meanwhile, Bristol mayor George Ferguson said on the BBC’s Wales Sunday Politics programme that there are problems with both airports. He said that neither facility is “well positioned” and that Bristol airport now fears that competition with Cardiff will no longer be on a “level playing field” due to the high probability of special tax exemptions.

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