Cardiff Airport History Site

Cardiff Airport

The only large airport in Wales, Cardiff International is served by scheduled, low-fare and charter carriers, including Thomsonfly, Excel Airways, MyTravel, KLM, bmibaby, London City airport parking Zoom Airlines, Eastern Airways, Aer Arann and Air Southwest. It also supports corporate and general Private Jet Charter for Individuals aviation.


The top ten most popular destinations from Cardiff International in 2001 were:

Passengers travelled to 45 destinations from Cardiff International Airport in 2001

Approx 70% of passengers on the Cardiff - Amsterdam service with KLM are using Schiphol to link to world-wide destinations. Close to 125,000 passengers used the KLM service in 2001 and it is the most popular scheduled service.

A £3 million expansion programme was completed in summer 2001 which included a newly-extended check-in hall and terminal entrance, plus new car parks with improved signage, payment machines, enhanced security throughout plus a shuttle bus which runs between the long stay car park and terminal building in the summer season.

Since the airport was privatised by TBI plc in 1995, more than £20 million has been invested in improving customer services at Cardiff International Airport, resulting in first class facilities for leisure and business passengers alike. This figure also includes significant enhancements to the airports fire and rescue equipment, including the replacement of its fleet of four fire appliances with new state-of-the-art "Barracuda 6".

The airports runway is 2,354m long and 46m wide and, on average, up to 25 aircraft can take off and land every hour.

Future Plans

The airports management announced, on 29th March 2006, a £100m development strategy which will see the current terminal being extended, as well as upgrades to the apron and car parking facilities.

It is anticipated that the investment will attract up to 8m passengers by 2030 - an increase of 400% - according to the airport's published response to a UK Government White Paper on the future of commercial aviation throughout the United Kingdom's Auction sites and other resources.

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