10 January

Annual Report 2016 marks a year of growth at Wales’ national airport

Cardiff Airport has marked the end of 2016 with an increase of 16% in passenger numbers for the calendar year; over 1,345 million passengers travelled through the Airport over the last 12 months.

The month of December alone saw an increase of 13% versus the same month in 2015, with airlines including Flybe, Vueling, KLM and Thomson enjoying a successful month of travelling over Christmas.

2016 - The Highlights

  • We have achieved 16% year on year passenger growth
  • Over 1.345 million passengers chose to fly from Cardiff in 2016
  • 25% of our passengers are visitors to Wales
  • We are one of the fastest growing UK airports*
  • Cardiff Airport now sustains over 2600 jobs
  • The overall GVA impact of Cardiff Airport to the local economy is over £100million
  • Our airlines fly direct to over 50 destinations including 9 capital cities
  • Our airlines fly to over 900 destinations via 11 hub airports
  • Flybe launched new services to Verona, Berlin and London City Airport in 2016
  • We have invested in enhancing the customer experience, safety and security

Roger Lewis, Chairman of Cardiff Airport, commented: “2016 was a watershed year for Cardiff Airport, defined by a 16% increase in passenger numbers.

“This past year has seen a fundamental and positive change in attitude and perception about Cardiff Airport and what it can deliver for the people and businesses of Wales and within our catchment area. This change has been achieved by a remarkable team of great people working closely with great airlines alongside a range of great partners.

“Twelve months ago we promised that we would grow our business and we have delivered on that promise. We have now set ourselves a target for continued growth in 2017 with more routes, at better prices, and at better times.

“We have much more work to do to achieve our objective of creating a great airport with a wide range of aviation facilities which Wales and the UK can be truly proud of. We want Cardiff Airport to become a central part of the national success story, a symbol of Wales’ global ambition.”

Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff Airport, added:

“2016 has seen significant growth at Cardiff Airport, positioning Cardiff as one of the fastest growing airports in the UK*. This growth is forecast to continue and we have announced a number of new routes ahead of the summer 2017 season.

“Delivering high standards of safety and regulatory compliance has been one of our key focuses, whist continuing to improve our passengers’ experience and on business critical infrastructure. In particular, we took delivery of three state of the art fire vehicles in April 2016 and major improvements were made to the Departure Lounge. A new walk-through duty free shopping area now offers a significantly enhanced range of products and well-known brands, and a new and improved coffee shop and bar/restaurant area now offers our customers more choice.

“We have continued our work this year to strengthen our regulatory performance. Working with the HSE, we have made considerable improvements to our safety processes and procedures and have also maintained our focus on environmental sustainability.

“The business is growing stronger and we are well positioned to deliver on our vision and mission generating significant economic benefit to Wales.”

What’s next for 2017?

  •  Iberia Express joins as a new airline with the introduction of new flights to Madrid departing on Thursday and Sundays. Flights will operate at Easter and then from June to September
  • New airline Blue Islands announced a new service to Guernsey for the summer season. Flights begin operating on Tuesday 2 May 2017 and will operate three times a week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays throughout next summer until 30th September
  • Flybe will begin operating a new service to Rome from 28th March, departing on Tuesdays and Saturdays
  • We are working closely with ‘Team Wales’ to deliver a safe and successful UEFA Champions League Final in Cardiff in 2017
  • We are forecasting continued growth in 2017.

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