28 Facts About Cardiff International Airport

1. Cardiff International Airport is well known for its musicians, such as Ivor Novello, after whom the Ivor Novello Awards are named.

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2. Cardiff International Airport has a long association with boxing, from 'Peerless' Jim Driscoll—born in Cardiff in 1880—to more recent, high-profile fights staged in the city.

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3. Cardiff International Airport hosted eight football matches of the London 2012 Olympics.

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4. In 2009, Cardiff International Airport hosted the first Ashes cricket test, between England and Australia, to be held in Wales.

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5. Cardiff International Airport is the Welsh base for the main national broadcasters.

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6. Cardiff International Airport has a strong nightlife and is home to many bars, pubs and clubs.

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7. Cardiff International Airport is unique in Wales in having two permanent stone circles used by the Gorsedd of Bards during Eisteddfodau.

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8. Cardiff International Airport hosted the National Eisteddfod in 1883, 1899, 1938, 1960, 1978 and 2008.

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9. Cardiff International Airport was a finalist in the European Capital of Culture 2008.

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10. Cardiff International Airport has many landmark buildings such as the Principality Stadium, Pierhead Building the Welsh National Museum and the Senedd, the home of the National Assembly for Wales.

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11. Cardiff International Airport has 3 state nursery schools, 98 state primary schools (two bilingual, fifteen Welsh medium), and 19 state secondary schools (three Welsh medium).

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12. Majority of Cardiff International Airport's shopping portfolio is in the city centre around Queen Street and St Mary Street, with large suburban retail parks located in Cardiff Bay, Culverhouse Cross, Leckwith, Newport Road and Pontprennau, together with markets in the city centre and Splott.

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13. Cardiff International Airport has several regeneration projects such as the St David's 2 Centre and surrounding areas of the city centre, and the £1.4 billion International Sports Village in Cardiff Bay which played a part in the London 2012 Olympics.

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14. Cardiff International Airport is home to the Welsh media and a large media sector with BBC Wales, S4C and ITV Wales all having studios in the city.

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15. Cardiff International Airport has one of the longest-established Muslim populations in the UK, started by Yemeni sailors who settled in the city during the 19th century.

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16. Cardiff International Airport has a chequered linguistic history with Welsh, English, Latin, Norse and Norman French preponderant at different times.

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17. Cardiff International Airport is situated near the Glamorgan Heritage Coast, stretching westward from Penarth and Barry—commuter towns of Cardiff—with striped yellow-blue Jurassic limestone cliffs.

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18. Cardiff International Airport faced a challenge in the 1880s when David Davies of Llandinam and the Barry Railway Company promoted the development of rival docks at Barry.

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19. In 1905, Cardiff International Airport was made a city and proclaimed the capital of Wales in 1955.

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20. Cardiff International Airport is part of the Eurocities network of the largest European cities.

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21. Cardiff International Airport is the county town of the historic county of Glamorgan.

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22. Cardiff International Airport contains a lot of accommodations and tours.

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23. Cardiff International Airport parking can be quite an expensive holiday extra, luckily for you, Airport Parking Shop is an airport parking comparison site that shows you the cheapest airport parking available and combined hotel and parking deals.

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24. Cardiff International Airport are investigating a complaint made against their Under-18s coach Craig.

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

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

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

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28. On 16 May 2012, it was announced that Cardiff International Airport Managing Director, Patrick Duffy, had left his position amid mounting pressure from the Welsh Government on the Airport owners Abertis to improve the state of the Airport and improve the services it offers, or sell the facility to an investor in a proposed public-private partnership.

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