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.

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Airport code: CWL
+44 (0)144 671 1111
12 miles west of city centre
Airport Postcode: CF62 3BD
Cardiff Airport Guide has been developed to provide a handy reference for those travelling to, from or through Cardiff Airport. The airport provides a wide range of facilities including those for business, children and disabled travellers. Public transportation to and from the airport is reliable and frequent with a choice of trains, coaches, taxis and car hire. The airport has one terminal which sees over 1 million passengers travel through to over 50 direct destinations each year.

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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    Uber arrives in Cardiff and you can get £15 off your ride!

    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!*

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    New route announced from Cardiff Airport to Berlin by Flybe

    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.”

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    Getting to the Millennium Stadium from Cardiff Airport for the Rugby World Cup 2015

    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.

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    Helvetic quits Cardiff Airport

    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.

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    Access scheme given £5m boost

    Infrastructure around Cardiff Airport could receive a much-needed makeover in the coming months, thanks to a ‘vote of confidence’ from the European Commission (EC). The EC will allow the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) to offer the Rhoose hub a one-time 'gift' of £5m.

    However, the future of the bursary is in the hands of the Welsh transport minister, Carl Sargeant, who could still subject the proposal to revision.

    Cardiff Airport’s access problems became known in late 2010, when Flybe boss, Mike Rutter, said that the quality of roads and railways around the Rhoose hub was giving holidaymakers “an excuse” to travel to other airports in the region, such as Bristol.

    Poor access, and indeed, the presence of better-connected rivals, is a major concern for British airports. Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster has endured inadequate local infrastructure since the first flight took off from the Yorkshire hub in 2005, while Stansted Airport has witnessed the defection of several airlines to better-connected airport, Gatwick. Belfast International in Ireland has lost business to rival, Belfast City, due to the latter’s proximity to the centre of Belfast.

    Ieuan Wyn Jones, Deputy First Minister of the WAG, applied for funding for Cardiff’s access project in March 2011, shortly before his responsibilities were transferred to transport minister, Carl Sargeant.

    A link to the M4 motorway is imperative for Cardiff, but improved motorway access may only be part of the solution to the Welsh hub’s woes. Holidaymakers from London and the southeast must travel within ten miles of Bristol Airport to arrive at Cardiff, via the M4. Cardiff, therefore, needs a series of new, unique routes to encourage travellers to eschew the convenience of Bristol Airport, for the novelty of a flight from South Wales.

    Unfortunately, as of June 13 2011, the airport’s list of beneficiaries (and inbound airlines) is somewhat lacking, and the access scheme is no closer to realisation than it was in October last year.

    The WAG's £5m contribution will represent just 18% of the total £26.5m required to connect the Welsh hub to the M4 motorway. TBI-Abertis, owner of Cardiff Airport, will be expected to find the remaining £21.5m required for the completion of the access project.

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