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Cardiff Airport

Maes Awyr Caerdydd
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Summary
Airport typePublic
OwnerWelsh Government
OperatorCardiff Airport Ltd.
ServesSouth Wales
Mid Wales
West Wales
LocationRhoose, Vale of Glamorgan
Opened1 April 1954
Elevation AMSL220 ft / 67 m
Coordinates51°23′48″N 003°20′36″W / 51.39667°N 3.34333°W / 51.39667; -3.34333Coordinates: 51°23′48″N 003°20′36″W / 51.39667°N 3.34333°W / 51.39667; -3.34333
Websitecardiff-airport.com
Map
EGFF is located in Vale of Glamorgan
EGFF
EGFF
Location in the Vale of Glamorgan
Runways
Direction Length Surface
m ft
12/30 2,354 7,723 Asphalt
Statistics (2018)
Passengers1,581,302
Passenger change 17-18Increase7.9%
Aircraft Movements31,085
Movements change 17-18Increase7.4%
Sources: UK AIP at NATS[1]
Statistics from the UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Cardiff Airport (Welsh: Maes Awyr Caerdydd) (IATA: CWL, ICAO: EGFF) is the busiest airport in Wales. It has been under the ownership of the Welsh Government since March 2013, operating at an arm's length as a commercial business. Passenger numbers were 1.581 million in 2018 and are increasing year-on-year.[2] Cardiff Airport is located near the village of Rhoose in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Company[edit]

In 2013, the Welsh Government purchased Cardiff International Airport Ltd (CIAL) from TBI Ltd as a going concern for £52m.

The Welsh Government, on behalf of the Welsh Ministers, operates CIAL as an arms length public corporation, with distinct separation achieved through WGC Holdco Limited. WGC Holdco Limited was incorporated as a private company limited by shares on 21 March 2013. WGC Holdco Limited acquired CIAL on 27 March 2013.

WGC Holdco Limited owns 100 per cent of the ordinary share capital. As such, whilst CIAL is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Welsh Government, it operates in an independent and commercial manner, makes investment decisions on a commercial basis, and is liable for its own actions and any issues arising from the running of its business.

In March 2015 it was confirmed that WRU Group Chief Executive Roger Lewis, would succeed Lord Rowe-Beddoe as chairman of Cardiff Airport on 1 November 2015,[3] following the 2015 Rugby World Cup when he would stand down from the WRU.[4]

Since 2013, Cardiff Airport has undergone a huge transformation with improvements made to the terminal, surrounding infrastructure, customer service standards and also the introduction of new routes.

In June 2015, Europe's largest regional airline Flybe opened a two aircraft base at Cardiff (3 from March 2018). The airline now operates a busy flight network of 16 direct routes across the UK & Europe to destinations including Faro, Jersey, Dublin, Glasgow, Berlin, Venice, Munich, Verona, Rome, Edinburgh and Paris CDG.

History[edit]

British Airways Maintenance Centre, Cardiff Airport

In the early 1940s, the Air Ministry requisitioned land in the rural Vale of Glamorgan to set up a wartime satellite aerodrome and training base, named RAF Rhoose, for Royal Air Force (RAF) Spitfire pilots. Construction started in 1941, and the airfield officially began life on 7 April 1942 when it was taken over by No 53 Operational Training Unit. After WW2 the airfield fell into disuse and was abandoned.

The man who decided Rhoose could be the site of a new airport was Lord Ogmore (previously David Rees-Williams), a Bridgend-born solicitor who had served as a lieutenant-colonel in the Royal Artillery during WW2 and who was elected MP for Croydon South in 1945. In 1951 Ogmore was briefly Minister of Civil Aviation, and identified what he called a "great need for a commercial airport of international standards" in South Wales. He later told the House of Lords "a decision had to be taken whether to do nothing at all (which was the desire of some) or whether Pengam Moors, the existing airport for Cardiff, should be improved at a cost of some millions of pounds, involving the alteration of the course of the Rumney River or, thirdly, whether an entirely new airport should be constructed or acquired in the vicinity of the capital of Wales."

Lord Ogmore thought diverting the river at Pengam would be a problem, and feared that the tall chimney stacks of the nearby East Moors Steelworks could pose a safety hazard to aircraft. The Welsh Civil Aviation Consultative Committee then proposed that he should look at the "abandoned Royal Air Force airfield at Rhoose" as a possible alternative. On inspecting it, Ogmore found it "in a poor condition, with a large number of bombs stacked on the runways, and buildings in an extreme state of dilapidation". However he considered Rhoose could be suitable for civil aviation "if the necessary money and time were spent upon it". The Government accepted his proposal, and the Ministry of Aviation promptly began converting the abandoned airfield into a civilian airport. In October 1952 the new Rhoose Airport was opened by Rees-Williams's successor as Minister of Aviation Alan Lennox-Boyd.[5]

First civil flights[edit]

In 1952 Aer Lingus started a service to Dublin. Civilian flights from the old Cardiff Municipal Airport at Pengam Moors were transferred to Rhoose on 1 April 1954. A new terminal building followed, along with flights to France, Belfast and Cork. An increase in holiday charter business resulted in passenger throughput exceeding 100,000 in 1962.

On 1 April 1965 the Ministry of Aviation handed over the airport to Glamorgan County Council, and it was renamed Glamorgan (Rhoose) Airport.[6] The council started a five-year plan to develop the airport, including a new control tower, terminal building and a runway extension.[6]

In the 1970s, the supersonic airliner Concorde made a few flights into the airport on special occasions. These were limited by the length of the runway, meaning it could only land lightly loaded, and only take off without passengers and with a minimal fuel load.

In the 1980s, the airport's name was changed to 'Cardiff-Wales Airport'. 1986 saw a further extension of 750 ft (229 m) to the runway, costing in the region of £1 million, thus attracting new-generation jet aircraft to the airport. Transatlantic links were developed, with charter flights to Florida, in addition to the previously-established links with Canada. The runway extension, enabling the airport to handle 747 jumbo jets, was instrumental in attracting the British Airways (BA) maintenance facility to the airport. The maintenance hangar is one of the largest in the world at 250 m × 175 m (820 ft × 574 ft), providing heavy airframe and engineering maintenance for the British Airways fleet and third party carriers.

Privatisation[edit]

In April 1995, due to planned local government reorganisation in Wales, the airport company was privatised; the shares were sold to property and development firm TBI plc, which has since been converted back to a private company called TBI Ltd (a subsidiary of Abertis and AENA International). TBI Ltd also controls Luton Airport, Stockholm Skavsta, Belfast International Airport, and SABSTA (which owns three Bolivian Airports) and is concessionary[clarification needed] to Orlando Sanford International Airport.

In December 1995, Heli-air Wales began training helicopter pilots from the airport's southside, and are widely accredited with pioneering helicopter training in Wales. Heli-air Wales moved operations to Swansea Airport in 1999, and are still operating there.

The airport is not only the main maintenance base for British Airways but also home to a variety of aerospace-oriented firms and colleges, and therefore a major contributor to the economic development of the region.

The airport was the main base for four local airlines: Cambrian Airways from 1935 to 1976, Airways International Cymru until the airline ceased operations in 1988, Inter European Airways until 1993 and Air Wales until the airline ceased scheduled operations in March 2006.

In 1996, Cardiff was one of the first airports the Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair used for its "no frills" services using second-hand Boeing 737-200s on a short hop from Dublin.

21st century[edit]

However, by 2006 Ryanair withdrew from the airport, ending five years of daily service on the Cardiff to Dublin route. This was due to a very public falling out with the airport over charges. On 15 May 2014 it was announced that Ryanair would return to the airport after an absence of 8 years and now operates an all year, twice weekly service to Tenerife in addition to three seasonal routes for summer 2019.

Following a survey conducted by the airport operator in 2008 as part of a campaign to attract additional business routes, popular destinations such as Aberdeen, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Brussels and Scandinavian cities were identified as lacking a current link. The airport planned to hold up to 25 meetings with airlines during May and June 2008 to support the case for more routes.[7]

The airport was used by 2.1 million passengers in 2008, but this had fallen to around 1.3 million passengers in 2016, according to the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority, making it the 20th busiest airport in the UK in terms of passenger numbers.[2]

On 2 March 2009 the airport management revealed a name change for the airport along with initial development plans to improve the image of the facility. Following a brand review involving consultation with a number of key stakeholders, the names Cardiff Airport and Maes Awyr Caerdydd replaced Cardiff International Airport.[8]

However, it emerged that the airport had applied for £5 million of payments from the Welsh Assembly Government to deal with unspecified development at the terminal. This attracted immediate public criticism and requests that the airport's owners, Abertis, match such an investment with a £6 million route development programme.[9]

It was announced on 13 April 2011 that Bmibaby were to close their base at the airport, along with their base at Manchester Airport in the following October in order to redeploy aircraft at their other bases, including the creation of a new operation at Belfast City Airport. The base closed on 30 October 2011. However, the airline soon ceased operations regardless.

It was announced on 28 October 2011 that Spanish low-cost carrier Vueling were to open a new route to Barcelona commencing 27 March 2012 operating the route three times per week. Just over a month later it was announced that Monarch were to serve Orlando Sanford Airport, Florida for the following summer, commencing the service on 28 May 2012. It operated on behalf of its own holiday wing, Monarch Holidays, and its partner company Cosmos. This was the first time in 4 years that there was a direct charter connection to the United States.

On 16 May 2012, it was announced that airport managing director Patrick Duffy had left his position amid mounting pressure from the Welsh Government on the airport owners Abertis to improve the state of the airport and improve the services it offers, or sell the facility to an investor in a proposed public-private partnership. It is unclear exactly why Duffy left his position after four years.[10]

On 18 December 2012 it was announced that the Welsh Government was interested in buying the airport from its current owners.[11] In 2012, the Airport faced sustained criticism from the First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones. On 28 February 2012, Jones told the Welsh Assembly, "We would like to see many routes emerging from Cardiff Airport, but the Airport must get its act together... Last week, I went to the Airport and the main entrance was shut. People could not go in through the main entrance; they had to go through the side entrance. It is important that the Airport puts itself in a position where it is attractive to new airlines, and, unfortunately, that is not the case at present." His criticism led to accusations that he was "talking down" Cardiff Airport whilst aviation industry professionals commented he was out of his depth in this area. However Jones returned to this theme on 7 March 2012 saying, "With the condition of the Airport at the moment I would not want to bring people in through Cardiff Airport because of the impression it would give of Wales...I have to say the time has come now for the owners of the Airport to decide to run the Airport properly or sell it." Byron Davies, Shadow Minister for Transport, said: "It is a bit rich for the First Minister to publicly attack and run down Cardiff Airport, when he has failed to seize opportunities, which would massively increase the range of routes available from Cardiff, introduce direct routes to North America, opening our economy to trade and business with one of the world's biggest economies".[12] Liberal Democrats spokesperson, Eluned Parrott, said: "The First Minister needs to stop talking our capital city's Airport down and instead he should be doing all he can to encourage visitors to Cardiff Airport. His comments are hardly going to encourage tourism and business to Wales."[13]

The First Minister's criticism was roundly rejected by Alex Cruz, chief executive of Vueling – a Spanish airline which operates regular flights from Cardiff. Cruz said "We are more than satisfied with Cardiff Airport. We would not fly into an Airport that we did not feel was suitable for our customers."[14] However, on 20 March 2012 Jones again criticised Cardiff Airport saying "business people" had complained to him "week after week, for many months about the Airport." He asserted he had put their points to the owners of the Airport but "they have been met with a shrug of the shoulders. That is just not good enough. I know of situations, and have seen them myself, where people have been locked in the baggage hall and where the front door was not open and people had to go in through a side door—I had to do that the last time I used the Airport."[15]

On 29 May 2012 it was announced that Jones would personally chair a "Task Force" on Cardiff Airport with the aim of "maximising its economic impact, commercially and for Wales".[16] On 27 June 2012, the Task Force, comprising tourist chiefs, local government spokesmen and trade unionists, met for the first time. No airlines were invited to attend.[17] A bid to obtain the full minutes of the meeting under the Freedom of Information Act was refused by the Information Commissioner[18]

Figures from the UK Civil Aviation Authority showed that the number of passengers passing through Cardiff Airport fell to 1 Million in 2012.[19] However, passenger numbers are increasing steadily and, as of 2017, show a recovery to pre-2010 levels.

In March 2013, the Welsh Government began the process of acquiring Cardiff Airport from TBI/Abertis, who were considering divesting all of their airport assets following international criticism of their management of these resources.[20] The deal to purchase the airfield for £52 million[21] was officially announced on 27 March 2013.

Cardiff Airport has had several problems with wild fly-grazing horses[22] around the airfield and the Redwings Sanctuary in Norfolk were needed to assist in the rescue of 23 unclaimed horses that had been left on the site.[23]

Recent developments[edit]

In June 2015, a major deal was signed with Flybe for the opening of a two aircraft base for their Embraer 195 jet aircraft which a considerable number of new routes; this deal saw the end of Cityjet flights from the airport. Flybe also announced in 2016 that it would link Cardiff with London City Airport through a temporary route from 12 September 2016 until 21 October 2016 during the temporary closure of the Severn Tunnel.[24] But due to the popularity of this service, Flybe decided that regular flights to London City Airport would continue.[25] However, on 9 August 2017, Flybe announced that the service would be terminated, and the last flight was on 27 October 2017.[26]

In April 2017, Qatar Airways announced plans to launch a new service from Cardiff Airport, linking Wales and the West of England to Doha.[27] It announced Cardiff Airport as the only new planned UK route in its network for 2018, although the resumption of Qatar Airways flights from the Middle East to London-Gatwick was also later confirmed.[28]

In 2018 the airport unveiled new ePassport gates in the terminal building to reduce queueing in immigration as well as to confront the potential impacts of a no deal Brexit.[29]

On 4 April 2019,[30] Flybe confirmed it would no longer have a permanent operational base at the airport from the end of the summer 2019 season; however they will continue to serve the airport with aircraft and crew from other bases. They are withdrawing their Embraer 175 fleet from the airport, along with other UK bases, meaning that all remaining routes will be served mainly by their Bombardier Dash 8 Q400.

Infrastructure[edit]

On 29 March 2006, a £100 million development strategy was announced to extend the terminal and upgrade the main body of the building. It was anticipated that the investment would attract up to five million passengers by 2015 – an increase of 150% – according to the airport's published response to a UK Government White paper on the future of air transport throughout the United Kingdom.[31]

Costing around £3m, half funded by the Welsh Government, extensive refurbishment is expected[out of date] starting with the redevelopment of the front of the Airport terminal and approach areas.[32] The development works include an extension to the front of the terminal linking the arrivals and departures halls into one large common area, providing new food and retail services. As part of the work the first floor of the terminal will become 'airside' as the security control point to access the departures lounge is relocated to the first floor, above the existing arrivals hall and accessed through the new extension. The approach area in front of the terminal building will also be redesigned and landscaped.[33] Subsequently, it emerged that Cardiff Airport was seeking £5 million from Welsh taxpayers,[9] without specifying what works might be carried out.

In October 2017, works costing £4 million were announced to upgrade the terminal by expanding the departures area with increased seating and increased retail space and expand the executive lounge. Outside the terminal a new meet and greet parking facility and a new car hire terminal would be built. Work started in October 2017.[34]

Operations[edit]

Cardiff Airport is the only airport in Wales that offers international scheduled flights and is also served by scheduled, low-fare, business and charter carriers. It also supports corporate and general aviation.

On 21 February 2007 the airport announced that it would host the first Public Service Obligation (PSO) service to be operated in Wales.[35] This Welsh Government subsidised service is currently operated by Flybe using its franchise partner Eastern Airways with daily flights to the Isle of Anglesey.

Most international destinations from Cardiff are to other countries in Europe, including Germany, Greece, and Spain. Qatar Airways announced in April 2017 that it would begin service to Doha in May 2018, using the Boeing 787 aircraft. It is now the first long-haul service from Cardiff for many years following the demise of Zoom Airlines.[36]

Airlines and destinations[edit]

The following airlines operate regular scheduled, charter flights, domestic and international flights to and from Cardiff:[37]

AirlinesDestinations
BH Air Seasonal: Burgas
Flybe Anglesey, Belfast–City, Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Faro (ends 26 October 2019),[38] Glasgow (ends 25 October 2019),[39] Jersey, Newcastle upon Tyne, Paris–Charles de Gaulle
Seasonal: Chambery, Geneva
KLM Amsterdam
Loganair Glasgow (begins 24 February 2020)[40]
Malta Air Malta (begins 10 November 2019)
Qatar Airways Doha
Ryanair Malta (ends 6 November 2019), Tenerife–South (ends 6 January 2020)[41][42]
Seasonal: Barcelona, Faro, Málaga
TUI Airways[43] Alicante, Gran Canaria, Hurghada, Lanzarote, Málaga, Paphos, Tenerife–South
Seasonal: Antalya, Burgas, Corfu, Dalaman, Dubrovnik, Enfidha, Faro, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kefalonia, Kos, Larnaca, Menorca, Naples, Palma de Mallorca, Reus, Rhodes, Zakynthos
Vueling Alicante, Málaga
Seasonal: Palma de Mallorca

General aviation[edit]

The airport was home for many years to a number of flying clubs and small general aviation operators. These included the Cambrian and Pegasus Flying Clubs and later (from the mid-1980s) the Cardiff Wales Flying Club. In 2010, a new flying school was set up by the company Aeros. They (as of 2012) have a fleet including Cessna 152s and Piper Warriors; they are based in the White Building on the south side of the airfield. There is a small cafe in the White Building that offers facilities for private aircraft owners.

Dragonfly Executive Air Charter operate three Beechcraft King Air 200 series aircraft. The company office is based on the south side of the airfield.

Traffic and statistics[edit]

Passenger figures[edit]

Cardiff Airport Passenger Totals 1997–2017 (millions)
Updated: 24 January 2019.[2]
Number of Passengers[44] Percentage Change Number of Movements[45]
1997 1,155,186 60,724
1998 1,263,225 Increase09.4% 65,597
1999 1,330,277 Increase05.3% 63,740
2000 1,519,920 Increase12.5% 64,298
2001 1,543,782 Increase01.6% 67,624
2002 1,425,436 Decrease08.3% 49,115
2003 1,919,231 Increase37.6% 48,590
2004 1,887,621 Decrease01.7% 43,023
2005 1,779,208 Decrease05.7% 43,040
2006 2,024,428 Increase12.7% 42,055
2007 2,111,148 Increase04.3% 43,963
2008 1,994,892 Decrease05.6% 37,123
2009 1,631,236 Decrease18.2% 27,003
2010 1,404,613 Decrease13.9% 25,645
2011 1,208,268 Decrease13.6% 29,130
2012 1,013,386 Decrease16.1% 26,842
2013 1,072,062 Increase04.3% 24,879
2014 1,023,932 Decrease04.7% 25,864
2015 1,160,506 Increase13.3% 25,077
2016 1,347,483 Increase16.1% 26,256
2017 1,465,227 Increase08.7% 28,934
2018 1,581,302 Increase07.9% 31,085
Source: UK Civil Aviation Authority[2]

Busiest routes[edit]

Busiest routes to and from Cardiff (2018)[46]
Rank Airport Total
passengers
Change
2017 / 18
1 Netherlands Amsterdam 146,058 Increase 8.9%
2 Spain Palma de Mallorca 108,313 Decrease 3.4%
3 Republic of Ireland Dublin 108,275 Increase 7.2%
4 Spain Alicante 103,671 Decrease 1.8%
5 United Kingdom Edinburgh 102,372 Increase 3.0%
6 Spain Tenerife–South 88,771 Decrease 0.1%
7 Spain Málaga 88,740 Increase 1.8%
8 France Paris–Charles de Gaulle 77,503 Increase 27.4%
9 United Kingdom Belfast–City 71,439 Increase 39.2%
10 Portugal Faro 64,036 Increase 12.2%
11 Qatar Doha 55,568 Increase New Route
12 Spain Lanzarote 46,465 Increase 0.9%
13 Turkey Dalaman 41,577 Increase 64.9%
14 United Kingdom Glasgow 33,261 Increase 15.0%
15 Spain Ibiza 32,568 Increase 0.1%
16 Spain Barcelona 24,385 Decrease 5.0%
17 Greece Zakynthos 21,638 Increase 2.5%
18 Italy Milan Malpensa 21,483 Decrease 30.1%
19 Bulgaria Burgas 20,293 Increase 6.2%
20 Spain Gran Canaria 18,996 Decrease 0.4%

Ground transport[edit]

Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station
Cardiff Airport Express at Cardiff Central Bus Station

Rail[edit]

The nearest railway station is Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station on the Vale of Glamorgan Line. The station has an hourly Transport for Wales service to/from the east from Cardiff Central (originating from Merthyr Tydfil) and to/from Bridgend in the west.

The railway station is 2 miles (3.2 km) from the terminal building, and the transfer is served by Rail Linc buses which operate to and from the railway station to the terminal building. the departures terminal.

Train to Terminal tickets[edit]

Customers travelling to the station by rail can purchase through tickets, which include the far bus transfer to the terminal, by purchasing a ticket for "Cardiff Air Bus" station on ticket machines, or using the National Rail code XCF.

Tickets are cheaper with the bus transfer than merely to the standard "Rhoose Cardiff" station. Through tickets are available from railway stations.

Bus[edit]

From 1 August 2013, TrawsCymru has operated the "Cardiff Airport Express" (Welsh: Gwennol Maes Awyr Caerdydd) from Cardiff Airport to Cardiff City centre with railway connections. The T9 service with leather seats runs on a 20-minute schedule and offers customers free wifi.[47] It also operates hourly throughout the night.

Road[edit]

10 miles (16 km) from the M4 junction 33 (Cardiff West), the airport is reached via the A4232, exiting at Culverhouse Cross and following the A4050 to Barry and then the A4226 towards Llantwit Major. From the west, leave at junction 37 Pyle, to join the A48 past Cowbridge and south on the A4226. There is a direct unmarked route from M4 junction 34 (Miskin) following the lanes though Hensol and at Sycamore Cross (A48) continuing on the A4226 to the airport.

Proposed A48 and rail expansion[edit]

Road access to the airport by way of the A48 was the subject of a public inquiry in 2006 but this is now superseded by needs of the forthcoming Defence Training Academy at MoD St Athan, the bid for which included plans for a direct St Athan and airport link to the M4. With the growth in usage of the airport, traffic along the current access roads has become more acute leading the Welsh Assembly Government to commission a study on improving road access to the Airport. The consultants suggested three possible schemes:

  1. Widening the A4232 to three lanes between M4 Junction 33 and Culverhouse. A bypass would have been built connecting the A4232 directly to the A4050 to avoid the busy Culverhouse Cross roundabout.
  2. Constructing a new bypass road to link the A4232 directly to the A48 (Tumble Hill) before Culverhouse Cross. Airport traffic would then have travelled to Sycamore Cross then join the A4226 to the Airport. Improvements will be made to allow speeds to increase.
  3. Directing traffic from Junction 34 (Miskin) to Sycamore Cross then onto the A4226 to the airport. Improvements would have been made to the route with new straighter sections added.

Airport management favoured the third option, claiming that it would have eased pressure on the A4232 and provide better access from South West Wales, the South Wales Valleys and Mid Wales, but in June 2009, the National Assembly for Wales announced that the plans for any new road would be dropped in favour of increased public transport frequency by rail and bus.[48][49] The Institute of Welsh Affairs debated the future of the project in their 2017 article "A road to Cardiff Airport... or regeneration in Pontypridd?"[50]

In 2019 it was announced that the A48 link road was to go ahead,[51] with the route announced to run from J34 of the M4 to the A48 south of Sycamore Cross through the west of Pendoylan. The proposal is also likely to include a new railway station and park and ride near Junction 34 on the South Wales Main Line near Hensol Castle.[52] The plans will include an integrated bus service between the railway station, strategic employment sites, and Cardiff Airport.[51]

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