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Cardiff Airport expecting busiest summer holiday season in a decade

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Wales’ national airport is gearing up for a busy six weeks ahead, as 296,000 customers prepare to jet off with little ones for a summer holiday or to visit family and friends while the kids are off school.

Over the six week summer holidays between July and September, Cardiff Airport is expecting an increase in passengers of 11% compared to last year, making 2018’s Summer holidays the busiest in ten years.

Customers can fly to long haul destinations including Thailand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bali on Qatar Airways with just one easy connection via Doha. This 5* airline provides a world-class passenger experience between Wales and the Middle East daily on board a stunning Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which features  22 seats in Business Class and 232 seats in Economy class.

Dutch airline KLM also offers a wealth of connections to destinations including Dubai, New York and Orlando which are all accessible with up to three flights a day to Amsterdam Schiphol, a popular international hub.


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Customers flying long haul this Summer are advised to plan ahead before they fly, by allowing four hours to check in before their departure time.

To ensure a stress free, smooth experience, customers should also prepare by packing hand luggage and suitcases carefully, following national security advice and guidance: https://www.cardiff-airport.com/airport-security/.      

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline which now has three aircraft based at Cardiff, continues to fly customers to 21 destinations including Faro, Rome, Paris, Jersey and new for Summer 2018, Venice. For customers wishing to stay closer to home there are regular flights to Dublin, Belfast, Edinburgh and many more.  

TUI, having recently announced 100,000 extra seats and new destinations (Dubrovnik, Naples and Hurghada) for Summer 2019, continues to thrive this year by offering excellent flight and accommodation packages to destinations including Turkey and Greece.  

Additionally, customers are taking advantage of low cost holidays offered by Balkan Holidays to resorts like Nessebar, Pomorie and Sunny Beach in Bulgaria with 7 or 10 night options available.


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Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, said: “The start of the Summer holidays is always an exciting time here at Cardiff Airport., and even more so this year with all of the fantastic developments. We welcome families heading off on well-earned holidays in the sun, customers taking the opportunity to visit friends and family and, of course, visitors to Wales who choose Cardiff as their gateway to the UK.

“As activity across the terminal ramps up, we encourage customers to pack hand luggage items and suitcases wisely and to arrive at the Airport in plenty of time to check in and process through security. We’ve made a number of improvements to the Departure Lounge recently and hope that passengers really enjoy our facilities and relax before take-off.”

The top ten most popular routes this summer are:


  • Palma Majorca, with TUI, Thomas Cook and Vueling
  • Amsterdam, with KLM
  • Doha, with Qatar Airways
  • Alicante, with TUI and Vueling
  • Malaga, with TUI and Vueling
  • Edinburgh, with Flybe
  • Dublin, with Flybe
  • Faro, with Flybe, TUI and Ryanair
  • Tenerife, with TUI, Thomas Cook and Ryanair
  • Dalaman, with TUI and Thomas Cook
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