14 September

Cardiff Airport welcomes busiest summer month in a decade

The national airport for Wales is continuing to perform strongly, and is well on track to achieve double digit passenger growth at the end of this year, having already welcomed well over a million customers.

Monthly passenger figures also show that the peak summer month of August was the busiest August seen at Cardiff Airport in the last ten years; more than 202,600 passengers travelled through, representing 11% passenger growth versus the same month last year.

Cardiff Airport has already seen many exciting announcements and developments this year, including:

  • The launch of a brand new, direct daily service to the Middle East with 5* airline Qatar Airways. Creating more choice for customers from Wales and the South West travelling to global destinations via Doha
  • Low-cost carrier Ryanair has added a third destination to its Cardiff network from April 2019, with twice weekly flights to Malta departing on Wednesdays and Sundays. Complementing flights already available to Tenerife and Faro
  • TUI announced the addition of an aircraft at its Cardiff base for summer 2019, which will add 100,000 extra seats and new flights to Dubrvonik (Croatia), Naples (Italy) and Hurghada (Egypt)
  • Flybe celebrated the third anniversary of its Cardiff base and the addition of another aircraft. The airline has seen a 130% increase in passengers at Cardiff and now offers flights to 17 destinations including Dublin, Cork, Belfast City and Jersey
  • Cardiff Airport has unveiled its draft Masterplan - #CWL2040 - detailing our vision and ambitious plans for the next 20+ years. The draft document, which is currently open for public consultation can be viewed here
  • Announced as part of a joint venture with the Welsh Government, Cardiff Airport will take over the operation, management and maintenance of the St Athan airfield
  • The completion of a £4 million investment into the improvement of the customer experience within the terminal, including additional seating in the Departure Lounge for passengers to relax before travelling, with stunning views of the runway; a new WH Smith and two new Costa Coffee branches; a new look Executive Lounge and a brand new Business Lounge, renamed the 51ׄׄ° Lounge.

Huw Lewis, Finance Director at Cardiff Airport, commented:

“Following the recent announcement that we have already welcomed over a million customers to Cardiff Airport this year, it’s very exciting to report the busiest month of August in ten years with 11% growth and continuing rolling year passenger growth too.

“We are grateful to our airline partners for recognising our potential, by adding more and more seats and adding new routes in line with our consistent growth. 

“The team has worked incredibly hard, and a lot has been achieved, but there’s a lot still to do. Our hard work will continue as we strive to deliver a sustainable airport business which encompasses a diverse portfolio of products and services. But, more than anything, we are passionate about flying the flag for Wales and proudly acting as a key gateway to the UK for international visitors.”