20 February

Cardiff Airport’s half term getaway

The first few days of the February half term holidays are off to a flying start at Cardiff Airport, with approximately 22,000 customers expected this week.

Trends in passenger travel since the start of the week shows that customers are using Wales’ national airport as the departure point to reach far-flung long haul destinations with KLM, using Amsterdam Schiphol as their connecting hub. Popular choices include:


USA and Canada

Middle East




Saudi Arabia

Sierra Leone

Hong Kong













New York




Snow bunnies are also making the most of the early spring snow by flying off to the slopes with Flybe. Convenient and cost effective ski flights to Munich, Milan Malpensa, Chambery and Geneva create gateways to some of the best ski and snowboarding resorts in the Alps.

City break enthusiasts are making the most of year-round flights to Rome Fiumicino with Flybe, a great option for a weekend of exploring, food and wine. While Jersey, also with Flybe, is a short hop from the UK boasts fresh seafood and miles of rugged coastline with the added touch of French influence.

Our customers are also opting for some spring Spanish sun. Flights to Alicante and Malaga depart with Vueling throughout the year, offering access to resorts like Benidorm, Torrevieja, Torremolinos and Marbella.

Debra Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, said: “We enjoy welcoming excited passengers as they fly off for a half term break or to visit friends and family. It’s interesting to see the trends in our passengers’ travel habits and the popular routes at this time of year.

“It’s been an exciting start to the year, with passenger growth and terminal developments well underway. Following what was a strong start to the year with 9% growth for January and over 1.473 million passengers having flown over the last 12 months, Wales’ national airport is gearing up for a busy year ahead.

“As the country’s national airport, we’re very passionate about delivering a warm Welsh welcome to visitors on arrival to Wales, with international passengers flying in daily with KLM and even more expected when Qatar Airways’ service starts in May.

“Cardiff Airport is proudly flying the flag for Wales every day of the year.”