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Cardiff Airport, Wales

Cardiff Airport (IATA: CWL) is about 19 km (12 miles) from the Welsh capital of Cardiff in South Wales. Besides South Wales, the airport also serves travellers in Mid and West Wales. The air travel market in North Wales is small and served by Manchester Airport, Liverpool Airport and Birmingham Airport in England. Cardiff Airport handles both scheduled and charter flights and is the only airport in Wales handling international flights. Cardiff Airport is a medium size airport and handled 1.3 million passengers in 2017. The airport has one passenger terminal with arrivals and departures on the first floor. Ground transport from Cardiff Airport includes trains, express buses, taxis and car rentals.


Airlines & Flights

Flight connections at Cardiff Airport include destinations within the UK and Europe. Most of the international flights are between cities in Ireland, Netherlands and Spain including many popular holiday destinations. Flybe followed by TUI Airways and Vueling are the main airlines operating scheduled flights at the airport. Thomson Airways is the main airline operating seasonal flights flying mainly to holiday destinations in Europe. Other airlines at Cardiff Airport include Thomas Cook, Ryanair, Eurowings, KLM, Norwegian Air Shuttle and Qatar Airways.

Cardiff Airport terminal by Blofeld of SPECTRE

Connections on domestic flights at Cardiff Airport include Anglesey, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Newcastle upon Tyne and the islands of Guernsey and Jersey in the English Channel. The 10 busiest international routes are between Alicante, Amsterdam, Arricife, Dublin, Faro, Ibiza, Malaga, Palma de Mallorca, Paris and Tenerife. Other international flights include Barcelona, Milan, Zakynthos, Menorca, Dalaman, Gran Canaria and Munich.

Airport Facilities

Free Wi-Fi access is available for up to 30 minutes and if you require more time after the period, there is a charge of £3 per hour. Internet and mobile kiosks are also available with one located in the public area and two in the departure lounge. Forexchange operates foreign currency exchange desks located in the departure lounge for international flights and at the baggage reclaim area for arriving international flights. There are also cash machines (ATMS) in the arrivals hall and departure lounge.

There are only three food outlets at Cardiff Airport. Caffi Cwtch is located before security while Caffe Ritazza and The Beer House are located in the departure lounge. For shopping, there’s Nuance Tax and Duty Free and WHSmith. There’s a children’s play area in the departure lounge and the premium Executive Lounge is available for those who prefer to relax before their flight. Other amenities include baby changing facilities and multi-faith prayer rooms.

Ground Transport

There is a shuttle bus service from the airport to Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station. From here, trains depart every hour on Monday-Saturday and every two hours on Sundays to Cardiff Central in Cardiff’s city centre and the town of Bridgend. The Cardiff Airport Express bus service (T9) departs every 20 minutes from the airport to Cardiff Central Bus Station (30 mins) in Cardiff’s city centre.

Cardiff Airport Express by Seth Whales

Flightlink Wales is the authorised operator of taxis at Cardiff Airport. The operator also operates a door-to-door service on a share-a-ride basis to destinations in South Wales. They have a booking desk in the arrivals hall and the taxi rank is located outside the terminal building. You can also pre-book for a minicab to pick you up at the airport. Car rental companies at the airport include Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz.

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