12 Facts About Cardiff Airport


Since 2020, like most other airports, Cardiff Airport has suffered a major downturn in passengers due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Since 2013, Cardiff Airport has undergone a huge transformation with improvements made to the terminal, surrounding infrastructure, customer service standards and the introduction of new routes.

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In October 1952 the new Rhoose Cardiff Airport was opened by Rees-Williams's successor as Minister of Aviation Alan Lennox-Boyd.

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Cardiff Airport is not only the main maintenance base for British Airways but home to a variety of aerospace-oriented firms and colleges, and therefore a major contributor to the economic development of the region.

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Cardiff Airport was the main base for four local airlines: Cambrian Airways from 1935 to 1976, Airways International Cymru until the airline ceased operations in 1988, Inter European Airways until 1993 and Air Wales until the airline ceased scheduled operations in March 2006.

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In 2012, the Cardiff Airport faced sustained criticism from the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones.

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Cardiff Airport's comments are hardly going to encourage tourism and business to Wales.

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Cardiff Airport has had several problems with wild fly-grazing horses around the airfield and the Redwings Sanctuary in Norfolk were needed to assist in the rescue of 23 unclaimed horses that had been left on the site.

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Cardiff Airport is the only airport in Wales that offers international scheduled flights and is served by scheduled, low-fare, business and charter carriers.

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Cardiff Airport was home for many years to a number of flying clubs and small general aviation operators.

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From 1 August 2013, TrawsCymru has operated the Cardiff Airport Express from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff city centre with railway connections.

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Cardiff Airport management favoured the third option, claiming that it would have eased pressure on the A4232 and provide better access from South West Wales, the South Wales Valleys and Mid Wales, but in June 2009, the National Assembly announced that the plans for any new road would be dropped in favour of increased public transport frequency by rail and bus.

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