Cardiff Airport Guide
Welcome to the Cardiff Airport Guide – the definitive resource to help you find everything you need when travelling to, from and around Cardiff Airport.
Those wishing to drive to the airport will find it easily accessible and well sign posted from the access roads. There is a range of short and long stay parking, as well as drop off / pick areas and Special Assistance Parking services for those with reduced mobility.
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Passenger numbers at Cardiff Airport have consistently risen resulting in the 14th consecutive month of growth in July. The Cardiff Airport officials claim that since June, passenger numbers have grown 17% to 1,326,923 - which in turn is a 29% growth over the previous 12 months since July. Cardiff Airport growth has lead officials to predict that 250,000 people to fly to and from the airport over the 6 week summer period. The success of the Welsh football team over the 2016 Euros amplified the growth too, as July saw tens of thousands fans flood to France to support their team!
Incredibly, the airport could see an even bigger increase in passenger numbers in September and October thanks to work on Severn Tunnel railway which will cause major disruption to commuters. As an immediate response and a chance to capitalise on the larger number of passengers expected, Flybe announced the beginning of four “rescue flights” on weekdays between Cardiff and London City airport.
Fresh Business who conducted a short poll found that 48% of small business owners would consider flying as an alternative option to long train journeys or driving!
Uber, the internationally recognised online transportation company, launched their service in Cardiff on the 22nd of April. In celebration of the Cardiff Airport Guide becoming mobile friendly, we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to form a partnership with Uber that gives our website visitors a free Uber ride up to £15! Feel free to use the offer for either an airport run or just a ride into Cardiff!*Read more
If you like to book your winter breaks nice and early, you may be interested to know that as of November 2nd, Flybe has announced a new route from Cardiff Airport to Berlin. The flights which will be directed to Berlin Tegel (TXL) will be flying on Wednesdays and Saturdays (twice a week) from November 2nd and the Fares will be as cheap as £34.99 one way. These new flights are part of a new range of routes created by Flybe which will also include 11 flights per week from Cardiff to Glasgow.
Managing Director of Cardiff Airport, Debra Barber said: Flybe’s two aircraft base is fast approaching its first anniversary at Cardiff Airport, and during this time we have seen the network go from strength to strength"It is fantastic to see the airline responding to the demands of the Welsh market by adding additional capacity and another new route to its network."We look forward to another successful winter season and continued success for Flybe at Cardiff Airport.”
Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer said: “Many of our customers have told us they want to plan ahead in order to take advantage of the lowest possible fares so we have ensured that this year we have put the majority of our 2016-17 winter programme on sale extra early.
Minister for Economy, Science and Transport, Edwina Hart said: “The addition of this new Flybe route to Berlin is great news for Welsh passengers and the tourism industry and a sign of growing confidence in Cardiff Airport."Following the recent increase in passenger numbers this is another positive step in the continuing development of the Airport.”Read more
Perhaps not the oldest rugby venue, the Millennium Stadium is however one that has fast secured its place within the sport. Located centrally in the Welsh city of Cardiff, it also has a fully retractable roof to defend the game from the unpredictability of the English weather!
The upcoming fixtures at the Millennium Stadium are:
19th September - Ireland v Canada 20th September - Wales v Uruguay 23rd September - Australia v Fiji1st October - Wales v Fiji2nd October - New Zealand v Georgia 11th October - France v Ireland
Getting to the Millennium Stadium from Cardiff Airport
Address: Westgate St, Cardiff, CF10 1NS
Cardiff International Airport serves over 50 direct routes and handles over a million passengers every year, and it is very conveniently located for the Millennium Stadium.
If you are heading to the UK to support your team at one of the fixtures at the Stadium, you will be pleased to know that you can fly direct from several locations. It takes just over an hour to fly direct from Dublin to Cardiff Airport, so in no time at all you can be in your seat, waiting for the game to start. You can also arrive in very little time on a direct flight from Paris!
Once you arrive at the airport, you have several choices on how to proceed:
TrainThe Stadium is only a 5 minute walk from Cardiff Central Train Station, which is pretty convenient if you don’t want to drive. The Airport run regular shuttle buses from the Airport to the train station (Cardiff Airport Rhoose Station) for £1. From there you can catch a train to Cardiff Central which should take around half an hour.
BusCardiff Airport Express Bus runs from the Airport to the centre of Cardiff every 20 minutes. During the works at the Cardiff Central Station the bus stops behind the station on Penarth Road/Saunders Road. It costs from £5. Look out for T9!
DriveIf you are getting picked up at the airport or are grabbing a rental car, driving to the Stadium is easy. It should take around half an hour, but do be aware that on match days there will be much more congestion, so leave ample time to get there!
TaxiA taxi should cost you around £30, however this will often depend on how long it takes to get into Cardiff. The journey will take around 30 - 40 minutes, but do check in advance for timings and demand may vary due to congestion on match days.
HotelsArriving at the airport the day before the match? There are several hotels nearby that are affordable for your night away! Check out our list here, with useful information about each one.Read more
The Swiss airline Helvetic recently announced that it was ceasing all of its operations at Cardiff Airport. The airline’s decision is a blow to the Welsh government, which spent half a million pounds promoting Wales as a tourist destination in Switzerland a couple of years ago.
Helvetic flights first started heading to and from Cardiff Airport in 2011, but it soon became apparent that demand was low. As a result, the airline began to stop off at Bristol Airport on the way to Switzerland, and after a while it cut Cardiff out of its winter schedule completely. The latest move will see it stop running flights from Cardiff during the summer schedule as well.
The decision presents a real challenge for the Welsh government, which is currently planning to buy Cardiff Airport from its Spanish owners, the Abertis Group. Helvetic’s cancellation of its operations at Cardiff is the latest disappointment that the airport has experienced over the last few years, falling a dramatic fall in passenger numbers. In 2007, passenger numbers at Cardiff peaked at two million, but now they have fallen to half that amount.
However, the one positive is that Helvetic is still discussing whether to restart its flights in 2014, so it could possibly continue to operate from Cardiff in the future.
If the government does buy the airport, there are talks of creating a new airport on the Severn Estuary that would replace both Cardiff and Bristol airports. The new airport, which could be as big as Gatwick and have two runways, would take a decade to complete and could see as many as 11 million passengers passing through it each year.Read more