itvX - Brad Williams

On 27 March in 2013, in an historic move, the Welsh Labour government stepped in and decided to purchase Cardiff Airport.

The First Minister at the time, Carwyn Jones, said it was "good value for money" and it would provide "some very exciting opportunities for international trade and tourism".

However, the last decade has been a turbulent one for Wales' only international airport.

Its main rival is expanding and Cardiff's passenger numbers are struggling.

The site in Rhoose was bought for £52 million, but now its current value is far less.

The airport is now in recovery mode [post covid-19 pandemic] and its boss has told ITV News, the aim is to get back to more than 50 direct destinations by around 2026.

However, that aim has not been helped by the decision of low cost airline Wizz Air, which stopped all of its flights to and from the airport, back in January.

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