Cardiff Airport is located in the village of Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan, and is 12 miles west of the city of Cardiff.
Cardiff Airport is owned by TBI plc, and is the only airport in Wales offering international scheduled flights with the majority of international flights being to Spain, Ireland and the Netherlands. Manx2, Thomson Airways, Thomas Cook Airlines, and Flybe are all based here.
Cardiff Airport is the busiest Airport in the Wales and serves the capital (Cardiff), as well as the South, Mid and West Wales. It is the 20th busiest Airport in the UK.
During World War II (1940s) the Air Ministry set up a satellite aerodrome and training base for Spitfire pilots which was named RAF Rhoose.
In the early 1950s the commercial potential of the runway was recognised and Aer Lingus started a service to Dublin in 1952. Civilian flights were transferred from the old Cardiff Municipal Airport to Rhoose in 1954 and a new terminal building was built. Flight destinations were France, Belfast, and Cork. In 1965, the Ministry of Aviation handed the airport over to Glamorgan County Council who developed the airport with a new control tower, terminal building, and runway extension. In the 1980s the name was changed to Cardiff-Wales Airport. In 1986, there was another extension of the runway so it could operate new-generation jet aircraft like the Boeing 747 and develop transatlantic links.
In 1995, the airport was privatised with shares being sold to TBL plc, a subsidiary of Abertis airports. Heli-air Wales began training helicopter pilots from the southside of the airport in 1995 but have since departed to Swansea Airport. The airport is home to the main maintenance base for British Airways, and a variety of aerospace-oriented firms and colleges. In 2009, the name was changed to Cardiff Airport (Maes Awyr Caerdydd).
Getting to Cardiff Airport
The airport is close to Rhoose in the Vale of Glamorgan, 12 miles west of Cardiff and 10 miles from junction 33 on the M4. Exit junction 33 on the M4 and follow the signs to Cardiff Airport along the A4232, A4050 and A4226. The Sat Nav postcode is CF62 3BD.
A rail link connects Rhoose Cardiff International Airport Station to Cardiff Central and Bridgend. A complimentary shuttle bus service is available for passengers with a valid train ticket, which connects with all trains to carry passengers on the short journey to the airport terminal. First Great Western operate services from www.firstgreatwestern.co.uk Cardiff Central and Bridgend both west and east bound.
Travelling by bus to and from Cardiff Airport is easy and convenient, with good connections between the airport and Cardiff city centre. The bus pick up and drop off points are situated in front of the terminal building.
Checker Cars is the airport’s official taxi operator and offers a 24 hour service. A taxi booking office is located outside the arrivals hall.
Short stay, long stay, and dropoff and pick up car parking are available. See the Cardiff Airport website for details.