5 July

Cardiff Airport marks milestone passenger figures

The end of June 2017 marked some significant milestones for Wales’ national airport in terms of passenger numbers.

Passenger growth recorded for the month of June was 19% up versus the same month in 2016 – 185,787 passengers in total - enough to fill the Principality Stadium more than twice over.

June was also the busiest month in terms of passenger volume since Cardiff Airport came under ownership of the Welsh Government in 2013, taking the rolling year’s passenger figures way past the significant 1.4 million milestone.

As the city hosted the UEFA Champions League Final over the first weekend of June, Cardiff Airport saw over 21,000 additional fans flying through and an additional 380 aircraft movements on charter aircraft or regular scheduled airlines such as Vueling, Ryanair and Iberia Express.

Spencer Birns, Commercial Director of Cardiff Airport, said: “The first half of 2017 has seen a step change for Wales’ national airport. We’ve welcomed new airlines and our existing airline partners are reacting to increased market demand by adding new routes and extra capacity.

With Qatar Airways launching in 2018, we’ll be working with the airline to ensure this exciting service opens up new opportunities for customers in Wales and the South West as the region’s first direct link to a major Middle East airport hub, offering connections across Africa, Asia, Australia and more.”

Other highlights of 2017 so far:

  • Qatar Airways announced a new service to Doha, starting in 2018
  • Flybe launched new services to Rome and Guernsey
  • Iberia Express joined Cardiff Airport as a new airline, with a brand new service to Madrid
  • Spanish airline Vueling added more capacity on its regular scheduled services to Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga and Palma Majorca
  • Low cost carrier Ryanair doubled its services from Cardiff with new flights to Faro.