22 December

Christmas at Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport is preparing for an increase of 50% more passengers through its doors over this festive season, with a greater choice of year-round routes making it even easier for customers to fly home or get away over Christmas and New Year.

The most popular destination is Amsterdam, with many passengers flying on to over 900+ worldwide connections with KLM. 

The top ten destinations this Christmas are:

  1. Amsterdam (with KLM)
  2. Dublin (with Flybe and Aer Lingus Regional)
  3. Edinburgh (with Flybe)
  4. Alicante (with Vueling and Thomson)
  5. Tenerife (With Ryanair and Thomson)
  6. Malaga (with Vueling and Thomson)
  7. Paris Charles de Gaulle (with Flybe)
  8. Lanzarote (with Thomson)
  9. Belfast (with Flybe)
  10. Glasgow (with Flybe)


Sunny locations such as Alicante, Malaga and the Canary Islands are attracting holidaymakers over the festive period, with many choosing to escape the wintery weather for milder climes. Flights to Faro in Portugal are also available all year round, with miles of coastline to be explored in and around the Algarve

There’s good news for snow enthusiasts too, with weekly flights to Geneva and Chambery beginning on 19th December and access to even more resorts via Milan and Munich.

Those seeking short breaks over the Christmas season can also try Jersey, Cork, Edinburgh and Dusseldorf with Flybe.

Cardiff Airport expects approximately 21,000 passengers over the two weeks of Christmas and New Year, with the busiest day expected to be Tuesday 22 December.

Debra Barber, Managing Director at Cardiff Airport, said: “After a busy summer, which saw the opening of a two aircraft base for Flybe at Cardiff, we’re delighted to be able to offer even more year-round routes which means more choice for passengers in the winter.

We’ve decorated the terminal and brought in a huge tree courtesy of Pugh’s Garden Village, and children from nearby St Nicholas Church in Wales primary school have helped us with tree decorations and carolling in the terminal too. Staff are really getting into the festive spirit, and looking forward to the busiest winter season since 2009/10.

 “In the event that temperatures drop we have plans in place to ensure we’re prepared and are able to keep disruptions to a minimum should snow cause problems.” Continued Debra.

Passengers travelling to the Airport during the Christmas holidays are advised to allow plenty of time for the journey, and particular attention should be given to public transport services as there may be some restrictions to regular timetables over the period.

Those travelling with Christmas crackers should check with their airline before arriving at the Airport and customers are reminded not to travel with wrapped presents in hand luggage as they may need to be opened during the security process”

For more information and live flight updates please visit www.cardiff-airport.com or follow us on Twitter @Cardiff_Airport.