17 July

Cardiff Airport reports 10% growth for first quarter of the financial year

The first quarter of 2019/20 has seen a significant 10% passenger growth at Wales’ national airport.

Detailed below over three months - April, May and June 2019 - passenger numbers compare as follows:



Growth vs 2018/19

April 2019


+ 20%

May 2019


+ 7%

June 2019


+ 6%

Quarter 1 results

496,434 passengers

+ 10% growth

At the end of June, rolling passenger numbers for the last 12 months stood at just over 1,632,689 million, a further increase of 8% compared to the same period last year.

Moreover, a CAA report published in April which ranks the success of UK airports by growth, places Cardiff at 7 out of all UK 21 airports that welcome over 1 million passengers annually. Have we gone up?

The first three months of the 2019/20 financial year saw further developments at Cardiff Airport and exciting news from our airlines:

  • TUI celebrated the start of summer by launching new routes to Naples (Italy), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Enfidha (Tunisia) and Hurghada (Egypt)
  • Ryanair launched new summer routes to Barcelona, Malta and Malaga
  • Thomas Cook Airlines introduced a larger A321 aircraft to its Cardiff base, adding over 29,000 seats, plus flights to Enfidha (Tunisia)
  • Flybe announced its 2019/20 winter schedule, with flights to Dublin, Edinburgh, Belfast City, Paris, Jersey, Cork, Geneva and Chambery now on sale
  • Qatar Airways celebrated its first year of flying customers from Wales to 160 destinations worldwide via Doha, Qatar.

Deb Bowen Rees, CEO of Cardiff Airport, said: “It’s great to look back over our quarterly results and to see steady passenger growth, during what is a challenging time for the aviation industry, and to continue to work towards our long-term vision to deliver a sustainable airport business for Wales.

“Our airline partners have added new routes and continue to add more capacity where there is growing demand.

“In the terminal, the team are working hard to enhance the customer experience by improving efficiencies and infrastructure. We are proud to fly the flag for Wales and to welcome international visitors who are using Cardiff as a gateway to the UK.”