25 May

Over 45,000 passengers are preparing to jet off for half term getaway

Cardiff Airport is preparing for a busy half term week, with more than 45,000 passengers expected to travel from Wales’ national Airport for a break while the kids are off school.


The number one travel choice for Welsh passengers this half term is Palma de Majorca, a popular Mediterranean destination and the gateway to popular Balearic Island resorts like Puerto de Pollensa, Cala d’Or and Magaluf.

City break enthusiasts are making the most of year-round flights to Paris with Flybe, a great option for a weekend of sightseeing or the family trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris.

Now in its third summer, Flybe flies customers to 21 destinations* including Düsseldorf, Dublin, Glasgow and Jersey, which is a short hop from Wales and boasts fresh seafood, miles of picturesque coastline, with the added touch of French influence (and weather!)

The top 5 most popular destinations this half term week are:


  1. Palma de Majorca with Vueling, TUI and Thomas Cook
  2. Amsterdam with KLM
  3. Alicante with Vueling and TUI
  4. Malaga with Vueling and TUI
  5. Paris with Flybe


Customers seeking far-flung adventures also have the option of five direct flights a week to the Middle East with Qatar Airways, which offers opportunities to connect to destinations including Bali, Thailand and Sri Lanka with a handy connection via Doha.


KLM, the airline that recently celebrated 30 years of flying out of Cardiff, operates up to three flights a day to the popular hub at Amsterdam Schiphol and flights onwards to Dubai, New York, Prague, Copenhagen and many more.


Other popular destinations this half term are Malaga and Alicante with Vueling; Greece and Faro with TUI, plus Turkey with Thomas Cook.


Cardiff Airport’s CEO, Deb Barber, commented, ‘It’s fantastic to see so many passengers flying through their local airport this half term for some sun, or to visit friends and family. We have seen a busy start to the summer season, including increased capacity on flights for 2018, a new airline – Qatar Airways – plus the return of flights to Madrid with Iberia Express. It’s been an exciting start to the year and we’re looking forward to a great summer season!”



*21 destinations includes 4 routes operated via Flybe’s franchise partners. Blue Islands flies to Guernsey and Easter Airways flies to Anglesey, Newcastle and Aberdeen. All flights are bookable at Flybe.com