Cardiff Airport Overview
Cardiff airport started with one runway in 1931 when Cambrian Airways, a Welsh airline began offering flights. An operational training unit took over the site in 1952 and commercial services offered flights to Dublin. By 1962, a new building was constructed and flights were added to France, Cork and Belfast as 100,000 passengers were serviced annually. The runway was doubled in length in addition to a new control tower and terminal building to offer transatlantic flights with larger aircraft. The first transatlantic flight occurred in 1971. The airport’s increasing clientele and the increasing number of flights offered prompted reoccurring renovations. Currently Cardiff International Airport services 1,000,000 passengers a year.
Passengers can purchase fast food, hot, cold or alcoholic beverages, snacks, gift items, newspapers, books, confectionaries, shoes and luggage in the restaurants, cafes, bars and shops located in the terminal building.
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Signs provide direction to the short stay and long stay parking areas.
Pick-up lanes allow drivers to wait for passengers for up to 20 minutes before imposing a tariff. Parking fees in all areas is based on the length of stay.
Short stay parking is available close to the terminal entrance for one to four days. Long stay parking includes assistance options for passengers with limited mobility. The special assistance/disabled area provides a shelter where passengers can contact the service desk and wait for assistance operatives to arrive. Transportation services are offered for travelling to and from the terminal building.
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Avis, Europcar, Hertz and National Alamo offer car hire services 7 days a week from the airport. Business hours differ with each company with openings anywhere from 0800 to 0900 and closing times ranging from 2100 to 2300 Monday through Friday. Hours on the weekend also vary with each individual company. Saturdays, companies are available from 0800 or 0900 until 1200 and 1600. Sundays, car hires open anywhere from 1200 to 1600 and close between 2000 and 2100.
Cardiff Airport Hotels
The three hotels closest to the airport include Express By Holiday Inn at a distance of 1mile, the Sky Plaza at 1.2 miles and the Copthorne Hotel at 5.3miles.
The Express By Holiday Inn is a 3 star hotel providing numerous amenities including satellite TV, internet access, and a complimentary breakfast. The facility also has a restaurant and a bar/lounge on site.
The Sky Plaza is a 2 star hotel that offers complimentary airport transportation in addition to modern amenities. Rooms include wireless internet and satellite TV.
The Copthorne Hotel is a 4 star facility with amenities ranging from indoor/outdoor pools, spa treatments, health club, concierge services and porters in addition to luxurious rooms.
Cardiff Airport contains 7 airlines that provide scheduled and chartered services to numerous locations.
Scheduled Locations: Charter Routes:
Amsterdam Acapulco Kefalonia
Anglesey Antalya Kos
Belfast City Arrecife Lapland
Cork Bodrum Larnaca
Dublin Barbados Las Palmas
Edinburgh Bourgas Malta
Geneva Corfu Monastir
Glascow Chambrey Paphos
Jersey Dalaman Reus
Munich Dominion Republic Rhodes
Murcia Fuerteventura Sharm el Sheik
Newcastle Heraklion Sofia
Paris Ibiza Tenerife
Chartered and scheduled routes to Alicante, Faro, Mahon, Malaga and Palma are also available.
A railway connects Cardiff Central to Rhoose Cardiff International Airport and takes 5 minutes to get from one destination to the other. Trains run hourly Monday through Friday. Trains run every 2 hours on Saturday and Sunday. Click here to check the train timetable.
Two bus services provide transportation to and from the airport. Cardiff Bus X91 runs every 2 hours during the day with trips taking about 35 minutes to get to the destination. EST 95 provides transportation to the airport during the evening hours. Check the National Express website for timetable information.
There are several taxi companies in the Cardiff area that can take you to and from Cardiff Airport. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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