20 July

Press release: Here comes the sun! Over 260,000 passengers expected at Cardiff Airport this summer

With term time drawing to an end, Cardiff Airport is preparing for a busy summer season with over 260,000 passengers expected to jet off in search of sunnier climes; an increase of 7% versus summer 2016*.

Wales’ national airport has celebrated significant milestones of late, including the rolling year’s passenger figures exceeding 1.4 million, in addition to June being the busiest month for passenger volume since the Airport came under ownership of the Welsh Government in 2013.

The top ten most popular destinations this summer are:

  1. Palma Majorca with Vueling, Thomson and Thomas Cook
  2. Amsterdam (and connecting to over 900 destinations worldwide) with KLM
  3. Alicante with Vueling and Thomson
  4. Malaga with Vueling and Thomson
  5. Milan with Flybe
  6. Dublin with Flybe
  7. Faro with Flybe, Ryanair and Thomson
  8. Tenerife with Thomson, Thomas Cook and Ryanair 
  9. Munich with Flybe
  10. Barcelona with Vueling

In addition to these popular destinations, customers are enjoying new routes including Madrid with Iberia Express, Rome with Flybe and for those wanting something a little closer to home, Guernsey with Blue Islands. Flybe has also doubled its frequency to Verona this summer due to popular demand.

With school out for the summer, many Welsh holiday makers will be heading for Disneyland Paris to enjoy a family trip with a little magic, especially as direct flights from Cardiff to Charles de Gaulle Airport are daily and operate at convenient times.

Flybe’s flights to Germany offer families options for alternative summer holidays, with Tropical Islands Holiday Park just over an hour from Berlin Tegel Airport; a wealth of Bavarian holiday parks within driving distance of Munich Airport and access to cultural hotspots Cologne, Bonn and the breath-taking Schwarz Wald region thanks to weekly flights to Dusseldorf.

Customers seeking far flung adventures also have many options with KLM. With regular direct flights to Amsterdam Schiphol it’s possible to travel to long haul destinations including Dubai, Orlando, Tokyo, Sri Lanka and Mauritius via straight forward connections. 

Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, said: “The school summer holiday is always a busy time of year, and this summer is no exception – with even more customers expected than in 2016. This increase is owing to our airlines recognising the demand and offering a wider choice of popular destinations, priced at the right level and operating at convenient times.

For customers who may not have flown from Cardiff last summer, they will notice our terminal has been significantly improved with a refreshed Ritazza coffee shop, The Beer House bar and restaurant and our new look walk-through duty free store stocks the best in branded holiday essentials, fashion, cosmetics and gifts with well-priced parking also available on site. All of these services make our customer experience accessible and enjoyable – the perfect start to a summer holiday!”