The much-criticised T9 bus service to Cardiff Airport is on the up – driven by higher passenger numbers – says a new report.
The T9 bus service linking Cardiff with Cardiff Airport has experienced its best year on record, figures* released by Welsh Government have shown.
Quarterly figures up to September 2016 show an average of over 13,200 passengers a month used the service in the last year, with month on month growth every month since June 2014.
The Welsh Goverenment Economy Secretary Ken Skates said: “Cardiff Airport is one of the fastest growing airports in the UK and continues to go from strength to strength.
“I’ve been clear that a reliable, frequent bus service linking the airport to Cardiff and beyond is key if the airport is to reach its full potential, and it’s encouraging to see that popularity of the T9 service has risen alongside the growth of the airport.
“The airport continues to work hard to increase destinations, routes and possibilities on offer and I look forward to the T9 continuing to form part of this offering and building on these positive passenger trends.”
Debra Barber, CEO at Cardiff Airport added; “An express bus service is vital for a capital city airport and we are hugely encouraged by the growth of the T9, and are keen for opportunities to link the airport to west Wales to be explored.
“As an airport we have huge ambitions for growth and improved surface access, including bus, road and rail links, is critical in helping us achieve this.”
* The figures are taken from an automatic passenger count used on Traws Cymru buses