First Minister Carwyn Jones said it would not be operated by the government and would be managed "at arm's length" and "on a commercial basis". Mr Jones has been critical of the airport after a slump in passenger numbers from a peak of two million in 2007 to just over one million in 2012.
1931 Splott aerodrome opened (near Pengam; east of Cardiff) as a base for private flying.
1933 Great Western Railway Air services commenced ...
presumably someone was in a hurry to get hold of their new bicycles?
Continued to host commercial flights until 1954
During the war it was closed and became an RAF base.
1941 Development of a second RAF base near Rhoose began.
This fell into disuse after the war.
1952 Re-opened as a commercial airport.
1954 Flights transferred from Splott.
1964 Rhoose Station (adjacent to the airport) closed
1965 Government handed over the airport
to Glamorgan County Council
1965 Runway extended to accommodate big jets
1995 Privatised, sold to TBI. TBI Ltd also controls
Luton Airport, Stockholm Skavsta, Belfast International Airport
2005 Rhoose Station re-opened
2013 Airport sold to the Welsh Assembly.
Recognising a significant halving of passenger numbers.
Could it be, then, that starting a new express coach service (from 1st August 2013) might be a case of shutting the stable door after the passengers' horses have bolted, taking the passengers with them?
Tomorrow, then, we take a look at public transport to Cardiff Airport.
Seriously though, folks! Another example of the very different new-look First.