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Cardiff Airport on track to achieve double digit passenger growth

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.

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Passenger figures in September reflected another month of growth, welcoming over 178,681 passengers, which represents an increase of 7% compared to the same month last year.

Over the last 12 months more than 1.56 million customers have flown to and from Cardiff, making use of the Airport as a point of departure and a key gateway to the UK.


As we move through the autumn, Cardiff Airport is reflecting on a number of exciting developments, including:

  • Ryanair has announced two new routes for Summer 2019 to Malta and Barcelona, doubling its choice of routes by complementing existing services to Faro and Tenerife
  • Flybe has released its entire Summer 2019 schedule, adding additional flights to Glasgow, Edinburgh and Paris Charles de Gaulle
  • 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 Dubrovnik (Croatia), Naples (Italy), Enfidha (Tunisia) and Hurghada (Egypt)
  • Thomas Cook have extended their summer schedule to start in April 2019, as well as adding a new route to Enfidha (Tunisia)
  • 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 and business park in 2019
  • The completion of a £4 million investment into the improvement of the customer experience within the terminal and the commencement of further works to enhance the security search process, by installing the latest technology tray return systems

Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, said:

“As we wrap up the busiest summer in ten years and look forward to the next season of flying, it’s promising to see passenger figures continuing to grow.

“Our airlines, like Flybe for example, are continuing to respond to this contagious confidence by adding more and more capacity to popular routes like Glasgow, Edinburgh and Paris.

“With strong monthly results such as September’s 7% increase and 8% passenger growth for the rolling 12 months, we are well on track to deliver the double digit growth projected at the beginning of the year.

“Our work continues 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.”