Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF)

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Since March 2013 Cardiff Airport has been owned by the Welsh government which has started a programme of investments at the airport.

Wales is blessed with stunning scenery, castles and beaches. In 2013 a total of 884,000 international visitors spent £353 million in the country.

Cardiff is a modern city with a great history. The Wales Millennium Centre opened in 2004 and the Millennium Stadium in 1999, while Cardiff Castle can trace its origins back to the late 11th century.

Cardiff Airport

  • Now owned by the Welsh Government, we have a fresh approach to airline relationships.
  • Customer service is a key priority for the business.
  • Customer relationship management systems encourage consumer loyalty within the market.
  • Investments in the terminal infrastructure have improved facilities.
  • A high frequency quality express bus service operates between the City Centre.
  • Road connections are being further improved to enhance access.
  • A population of six million people live within a two hour drive time of Cardiff Airport.


  • The economy in Wales is improving at a faster rate than any other region in the UK.
  • Host nation for global events from the Ryder Cup to Nato Summit.
  • Lonely Planet voted Coastal Wales, the greatest region on earth to visit.
  • There has been a significant rise in foreign direct investment, which increased by 191% in 2013/14, compared to a rise of just 10% in England and 16% in Scotland.
  • The Welsh Government is extremely pro-active in developing an investment culture for the region.


  • Cardiff is the capital city of Wales and the centre of the Capital City region.
  • Cardiff is the UK’s fastest growing city, predicting a 43% growth rate over the next 20 years.
  • Cardiff has been ranked as the #1 city for quality of life.
  • Cardiff University is a member of the prestigious Russell Group; one of three universities in the city which service the 70,000 students who study here. Of these, 20,000 study business-related courses such as Accounting, Banking, Economics and Law.
  • Two million people of working age live within a 45 minute commute of the City Centre, and a £500m upgrade to the local rail infrastructure will further increase access within the capital city region, which includes the airport.
  • Over 50,000 people work in financial and business services sector in Cardiff.
  • Cardiff is proud to name businesses such as Admiral, Lloyds Banking Group, Deloitte’s Global Risk Assessment Centre, Legal & General, BBC’s Shared Service Centre, British Gas’ UK Customer Service Department, Eversheds, Monetise and Tesco’s Customer and HR Operations

Marketing/and other support

  • Ability to stimulate commercial incentives that are tailor made to each case.
  • Decisions are quick and effective.
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  • We are experts in enhancing airline brand presence in our catchment.
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Airport Catchment area

  • Up to two million people live within an hour’s drive time of Cardiff Airport, which increases to six million who live within a two hour drive.

Cardiff catchment map

Under-served freight opportunities and other economic impact factors

  • During 2014, the total volume of freight handled at Cardiff Airport has increased by 22%.
  • The value of goods exported from Wales is growing and totalled £13.2billion in 2014

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  • 12 miles (19 kilometres) west of Cardiff’s city centre.

Road connections

  • 13 miles (20 kilometres) from junction 33 of the M4 motorway and  approximately 30 minutes from Cardiff city centre by car.

Bus connections

  • Dedicated Cardiff Airport Express Bus service direct to Cardiff city centre, every 20 minutes.

Rail connections

  • Airport railway station just 10 minutes from the terminal.

The T9 Cardiff Airport Express Bus Service runs every twenty minutes in the summer season (every 30 minutes in the winter) and carries passengers from the main terminal to Cardiff city centre.

Cardiff Airport Terminal

The front of the terminal has been renovated since the Welsh Government took over the airport in 2013.

Cardiff airport facts

Thomson Airways is one of several major holiday airlines that operates flights from the airport. Charter traffic still accounts for around half of the airport’s annual traffic.

Infrastructure & Operations


  • The single runway is 2,392m long.
  • We have CAT 1 Instrument landing system.
  • NDB and DME approach capable.


  • Operating hours are 24/7 – no slot constraints.
  • We are slot coordinated by ACL.
  • Tower and radar service from ATC using a Star 2000 primary and secondary surveillance radar.
  • Instrument and circuit training can be booked via NATS.
  • CAT 7 Fire Cover, CAT 8 and 9 are available on request.
  • Jet A1 and AvGas fuel: North Air.

Terminal and apron

  • One terminal. Major refurbishment in 2014. Terminal front, ANPR, landscaping of drop-off zone, new central search and landside toilet refurbishment.
  • We have 17 stands, two of which are airbridge served.
  • Handling agent: Swissport.

Other facilities

  • One major maintenance facility on site: British Airways Maintenance Centre.
  • Cardiff Aviation have their flight simulator training located in the Norman Hangar.
  • Private/Business Jet Handing agent: Signature.
  • Flying Club/School: Aeros.
  • Private/Business Operator: Dragonfly.

Vital statistics

  • Passenger numbers in 2014 were just over one million per annum, with numbers forecast to grow in 2015.
  • 17 regular airlines including Aer Lingus, Eastern Airways, Flybe, KLM, Ryanair, Thomas Cook Airlines, Thomson Airways, Vueling and LinksAir.
  • 52 non-stop destinations.
  • Hub connections available via Amsterdam, Paris, Dublin and Barcelona.
  • Freight: Currently 1,300 metric tonnes per annum.

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