Cardiff Airport is the busiest airport in Wales and has been under the ownership of the Welsh Government since March 2013, operating at an arm's length as a commercial business. The airport serves customers in mainly South, but also Mid and West Wales. Passenger numbers stood at around 1.3 million in 2016 but are increasing now year on year. Cardiff Airport is located near the village of Rhoose in the Vale of Glamorgan.
On 27 March 2013, the Welsh Government announced it had purchased the Cardiff International Airport Ltd from TBI Ltd as a going concern for £52,000,000. Claims were made that this was a nationalisation, a private enterprise being acquired by the state, however the Welsh Government's First Minister, Rt.Hon Carwyn Jones AM, announced: "The Airport will not be operated by the Welsh Government. It will be managed at arm's length from Government on a commercial basis and, over time, I expect to see a return to the public purse on the investment."
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The Vale of Glamorgan