Cardiff Airport growth and huge passenger numbers

Wales largest airport is building on its positive growth, today announcing over 15 minutes of growth and higher passenger numbers. Now, over 1.51 million passengers are making the switch to the terminal.

May 2018 was by far the busiest month at Cardiff Airport since 2009, with overall figures up 9% from past years.

Since the Welsh Assembly took ownership of the aiport, major changes have been enacted – including new airlines, more routes and huge improvements to the terminal infastructure.

A total of 18 seperate airlines now fly from Cardiff, up on previous years with a range of exciting destinations to choose from.

Busy Routes For 2018

  • Add yBelfast City (Flybe)
  • Glasgow (Flybe)
  • Anglesey (Eastern Airways, bookable on Flybe.com)
  • Cork (Flybe)
  • Paris Charles de Gaulle (Flybe)
  • Jersey (Flybe)
  • Verona (Flybe)
  • Dusseldorf (Flybe)
  • Faro (Flybe, TUI, Ryanair)
  • Barcelona (Vueling)

A brand new departure lounge has also been unveiled, helping the airport in its bid to offer a truly modern experience. A new Costa Coffee outlet, WH Smiths and business lounge have all been included in the re-vamp.

In the next few months, Cardiff Airport are also announcing their plans for future growth – including an overall plan taking the aiport upto 2040.

Half term holidays under way at Cardiff Wales Airport

Staff at Wales largest airport are preparing for a busy week, as passengers jet off for the half-term holidays.

At present, the busiest holiday flight on offer at the terminal is Palma de Majorca, one of the most popular Spanish resorts and a firm favorite across South Wales.

There are also city breaks available this half term, with flights to Disneyland Paris from Flybe proving popular with families. Flybe are doing extremely well at Cardiff Airport, boosting their destinations to 21 over the past 3 years including Paris, Dublin, Glasgow and Jersey.

Popular Choices:

The busiest routes this half-term week are:

  • Palma de Majorca
  • Amsterdam
  • Alicante
  • Malaga
  • Paris

It’s not just local routes!

After many years offering a range of local European routes, Cardiff Airport now offer flights to the Middle East with Qatar Airways, plus the ability to fly to Bali and Sri Lanka.

With KLM, you can also use their international hub at Amsterdam, connecting from Cardiff Airport with flights almost everywhere in the world. Popular connections are New York, Dubai and China.

Airport safety week at Cardiff Airport.

UK Airports Safety Week was created to improve the safety of airports, airport teams and passengers. As always, Cardiff International Airport was a supporting facility, promoting a day 7 programme of events to highlight safety issues.

One lucky pupil of ‘Ygsol Pen-Y-Garth’, Cara Mcellan won a visit to the airport after her banner won a competition.

Inside the terminal, St Johns Ambulance and Malpeet K9 academy gave demonstrations, whilst free yoga classes and activities were put on to showcase mental health issues and wellbeing.

Cardiff Airport’s Head of Airfield Operations, Russell Clements, officially launched the week’s events, and commented:

“It is a pleasure to support the AOA’s UK Airports Safety Week for the third year running, building on the success of the last two years. Safety and security is our number one priority at Cardiff Airport and we are focused on building a strong safety culture. Each member of the team plays a key role in understanding and implementing measures that affect our delivery of safety and security.”

It’s hoped that by the end of the week, every member of staff will have attended a workshop.

New flights to Qatar from Cardiff Airport

Today, Qatar air flew into Cardiff Airport for the very first time – opening a new route to the Middle East from the Welsh capital.

To celebrate the new route, the Qatar aircraft was welcomed with a water salute – whilst a male voice choir provided a fitting soundtrack.

This is the first time that South Wales, and indeed the South West of England have been linked directly to the Middle East. Significant markets such as Audtralia, New Zeleand and Asia are withing reach now for local passengers.

Roger Lewis, Chairman of Cardiff Airport, said: “This is a pivotal moment for Cardiff Airport, for Wales and the South West of England. The far reaching consequences of this service for passengers and businesses will be transformational.”

The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones, said: “I am delighted to welcome the first Qatar Airways flight from Doha to our capital city, Cardiff.”

Qatar currently the United Kingdoms 3rd largest export market. It’s hoped that strengthening its links to the regions will help everyone benefit from over £35 billion of investment annually.

What’s The Flight schedule

  • Cardiff (CWL) to Doha (DOH) QR 322 departs 15:55 arrives 00:45 (+1) (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat)
  • Doha (DOH) to Cardiff (CWL) QR 323 departs 01:15 arrives 06:40 (Tue, Thu, Sun)
  • Cardiff (CWL) to Doha (DOH) QR 324 departs 08:10 arrives 17:00 (Tue, Thu, Sun)