Cardiff Airport prepares for busiest Christmas in years

Cardiff Airport prepares for busiest Christmas in years

Cardiff Airport (CWL/EGFF) is gearing up for what is expected to be the busiest Christmas period in 7 years for Wales’ national airport.

Around 30,000 passengers are expected to fill the terminal over the next two weeks, a 10% increase on 2016.

Amsterdam tops the destinations from Cardiff Airport this year with Dublin and Edinburgh coming in second and third respectively.

Also helping to boost numbers this winter are Flybe flights to Geneva, Chambéry, Munich and Milan Malpensa which are offering skiers and snowboarders access to European Ski Slopes.

The passenger boost comes ahead of what could be one of the most exciting years ever as the airport prepares to welcome Qatar Airways daily service to Doha (starts 1st May 2018) along with flights to Iceland, Madeira, Malta and Croatia with Super Break.

Top 15 Destinations from Cardiff Airport this Christmas

  1. Amsterdam with KLM
  2. Dublin with Flybe
  3. Edinburgh with Flybe
  4. Alicante with TUI and Vueling
  5. Belfast with Flybe
  6. Tenerife with TUI and Ryanair
  7. Paris with Flybe
  8. Malaga with TUI and Vueling
  9. Glasgow with Flybe
  10. Lanzarote with TUI
  11. Gran Canaria with TUI
  12. Berlin with Flybe
  13. Munich with Flybe
  14. Cork with Flybe
  15. Milan with Flybe

Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, said: “2017 has been a very busy year with lots of exciting announcements and developments in the terminal underway in preparation for an even busier 2018!

Qatar Airways“The New Year will get off to a flying start with a Super Break trip to North Iceland in January, a Hurtigruten trip to Norway in March, and an exclusive Omega Holidays night flight in search of the Northern Lights on 16th March.

“Staff are really getting into the festive spirit this year too. We’ve donated many presents to local organisations, worn our Christmas jumpers to raise money for charity and welcomed many excited families on their way to Lapland.

“And even though it’s mild at the moment, in the event that temperatures drop we have plans in place to ensure we’re prepared and are able to keep disruptions to a minimum should cold weather cause problems.” Continued Debra.

“Passengers travelling to the Airport during the Christmas holidays are advised to allow plenty of time for their journey, and particular attention should be given to public transport services as there may be some restrictions to regular timetables over the period.

Those travelling with Christmas crackers should check with their airline before arriving at the Airport and customers are reminded not to travel with wrapped presents in hand luggage as they may need to be opened during the security process.”

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