The figures show that 134,349 passengers used the Welsh Government owned airport in October 2017, a 4.1% rise over the same period last year but 2% down on the growth trend this year.
Cardiff Airport started the year with a 10% rise in January and with steady growth through 2017, the rolling year total, that is compared to the previous 12 months, stands at 9.2% with 1,451,115 passengers having used the airport.
The winter season at Cardiff Airport has traditionally been a tough period for the airport with its reliance on holiday flights. Thomas Cook only operates in the summer and TUI offers a reduced programme leaving mainly scheduled services from Flybe and KLM operating. A trend that analysts believe has to be bucked for growth to continue at Wales’ National Airport.
A new scheduled operator is will arrive at the airport in May when Qatar Airways begin their year-round daily service to Doha which will help with continued growth.
In contrast, regional competitor Bristol, with its strong focus on Low-Cost carriers and scheduled services, has hit 8.2 million passengers for the current 12 month period and is continuing to grow at 7.5%.
The figures keep Cardiff Airport 19th overall in UK Airports in terms of passenger numbers.