Cardiff International Airport
Address: Vale of Glamorgan CF62 3BD
IATA airport code: CWL
Phone number: 01446 711111
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The airport in the capital of Wales is Cardiff Airport (or Maes Awyr Caerdydd in Welsh). It is located nearly 12 miles southwest of Cardiff city center, near the town of Rhoose. There are mainly flights to destinations in Europe with low cost airlines. And the south of Europe in particular is popular with largely seasonal flights.
For the last 20 years, the numbers of passengers have been between 1 and 2 million per year. In recent years, growth in Cardiff flight departures has been strong again and there were 1,656,677 Cardiff Airport departures in 2019. No surprise this went down again in 2020 due the pandemic. There have been an increase again in 2022.
The first airport opened in 1931 at Cardiff Bay. Then came the airline Cambrian Airways. An actual runway was not built until 1952, but it was not recognized until 1952. Aer Lingus was then operating a flight from Cardiff to Dublin. Not much later, a terminal was added and the numbers of flights and routes increased with destinations in France and to Cork and Belfast. Due to the hype of charter flights in the 1960s, the crowds really increased. A few years later, transatlantic flights were even introduced after some developments at the runway and terminal. The number of passengers subsequently rose to 250 thousand per year.
In 1986 the runway was extended again with a considerable investment. Even larger planes could land and depart with distant destinations. More routes came to Canada and the US. In the year 1992 there were already 743 thousand passengers. In addition to the charter services, there were also more scheduled flights. This meant that the terminal’s capacity had to be increased. Several improvements and extensions were made. A new owner came in 1995. A real estate company took over that also owned other airports. However, in 2013, the airport was bought back by the Wales government.
Flight routes Cardiff Airport
The most busy route goes to Amsterdam Schiphol. There are also many CWL airport departures to:
- Palma de Mallorca
- Tenerife South
- Paris Charles de Gaulle
- Faro in Portugal
The flights are largely operated by:
- TUI Airways
- Wizz Air
- Aer Lingus
Ground transportation Cardiff Airport
To get to the airport for Cardiff departures there are several public transport options.
- Train travel: You could travel by train. A train station is a few miles south from the airport. There are shuttle buses that bridge this. Travel also easily from Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station to the airport. This 10 minute drive is £1 by the 905 shuttle bus.
- Bus travel: You could also take the bus to the airport. You will then need to take the Service 304 bus which takes 20 minutes from the center. This bus goes via Barry.
- Taxi: Take a taxi or private transport.
- Car rental: the rental car agencies available are Enterprise, Europcar and Avis.
If you want to drive to the airport by car, you can park at various parking locations and then have Cardiff airport departures. It mainly depends on how long you want to park the car. It can be very close to the terminal or a little further away for a little cheaper.
Go for the Meet and Greet if you want to leave the car in front of the terminal and have it parked in front of you. This allows you to quickly continue your journey. Go for Premium parking if you want to park yourself right in front of the terminal building. An advantage in addition to being so close are the extra wide parking spaces. The maximum height of the vehicle may be 2.7 m. If you want to park for a few days, we recommend Short Stay. For 3 to 4 days of parking you pay £80-95. Longer or shorter is of course also possible. Park at Long Stay if you want to park for more than a few days. This location is still within walking distance of the terminal. Here too you can choose to park for only 20 min or 2 days, but the biggest advantage comes with 5 or more days.
If you want to stay in a hotel within walking distance of the airport, there is only 1 option and that is Holiday Inn Express Cardiff Airport. It scores good reviews and is the most popular option around. Ideal if you have a very early flight to be close to the airport. So you can quietly go to the hotel the night before. Some other hotels 2-10 minutes away by car:
- The Vale Hotel & Touring Caravan Park
- New Farm
- Fontygary Leisure Park
- The Fox and Hounds Pub