Airline Flybe has this morning confirmed a major expansion at Cardiff Airport with 11 new routes. The new routes, starting this summer, include those to Dusseldorf, Paris, Milan and Munich.
It will add several hundred thousand passengers a year to its current annual level of just over one million.
The new routes, of which eight are first time destinations for Flybe, will have provide seats more than 500,000 seats.
The aim of the airline with be to achieve a 400,000 annual passenger level, although it has not specified by when, with the possibility of adding other routes in the future.
Flybe has made a ten-year commitment to the airport, with the possibility of other routes to follow.
The airline will serve the new destinations in the UK and Europe this summer and base two of its existing Embraer E195 aircraft at the airport. One of these 118-seat aircraft will arrive at Cardiff in June and the second in September.