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LocationCardiff International Airport is situated in Rhoose. It is approximately 12 miles west of the Cardiff City Centre and 10 miles from Junction 33 on the M4 motorway. The airport can easily be accessed from the Rhoose Cardiff International Airport railway station on the Vale of Glamorgan Line. A bus service also links Cardiff to the airport.

Know your Airport - Cardiff International Airport serves not only the city of Cardiff but the whole of South Wales. It is the only large airport in Wales. Cardiff International Airport serves airliners such as scheduled, low-fare and charter carriers. Cardiff airport attracts around two million passengers a year. The airport is owned by TBI plc. The airport also enjoys considerable attention as the main maintenance base for British Airways. The environment and solitude from the buzz of the city makes it an ideal place for the aerospace-oriented firms.  

Airport Structure

  Terminals – The Cardiff Airport terminal building was built in the 1950's and has developed over the last fifty years.

Transit systems
– There is only 1 terminal. There is no dedicated transit system in the airport but a one way road stretches along the terminal.

Inside the terminals
– Over 1.9 million people pass through the terminal each year flying to over 60 destinations. The check-in desks and ticket desks are located in the check-in hall just opposite the main terminal entrance on the ground floor. The arrivals hall and baggage reclaim centers are located also on this floor. The departure lounge and the international pier are situated on on the first floor.

Safety - Enhanced security measures are adopted at Cardiff International Airport. This means that travelers should allow more time while going for security checks. It is advised that one should always check the exact hand luggage allowance with particular airline before packing. Some items like scissors, blades, knives, needles and even pool cues/darts are not allowed while traveling. There are rigid policies for cylinders, magnets, fire-lighters, poisons and radioactive materials.

Business facilities
– There are executive lounges available both for the business and pleasure travelers. They offer a chance to relax before flying off to a new destination. Facilities such as fax, photocopier and telephone are available. Some lounges offer a broad selection of newspapers and magazines to read. Hot and cold beverages as well as light snacks are also available. Plans are going on for development of the business area and terminals for email and internet access. Business services like fax and photocopying facilities are also available at the Information Desk on the first floor of the main terminal.

Family interests
– Baby changing facilities are available in all toilets throughout the terminal. Play centers in the departure lounge are available to children aged between 2 and 8. They are equipped with a wide range of toys. Parental supervision is requested. There are two games zones on hand in the departures lounge and on the first floor of the terminal building open for all departures. There are great selections of restaurants that cater for children. Activity books, magazines, reading material etc. are available in many outlets near the departure area of the terminal.

  Special service – It is advised that travelers with disabilities should inform their travel agent or airline of their special needs at the time of booking. The use of airport wheelchairs throughout terminal building is permitted in Cardiff Airport. These travelers may retain their own wheelchairs up until boarding. There are special low level kerbs at terminal entrance and exit. Lifts between all floors are there to facilitate moving from one floor to another. Specially designed toilets on first floor, departures lounge and arrivals hall are available.

Parking options
Parking at Cardiff Airport comes in form of Short-Stay (for speed and convenience) and Long-Stay (for stays like 2 weeks or more). It is recommended that travelers should book long stay parking in advance to guarantee space and save precious time.

Extra information
- The airport's management announced that a £100,000,000 development strategy which will see the current terminal being developed. The fund will also upgrade the apron and car parking facilities. It is expected that the once the new facilities are in place almost 8,000,000 passengers will be able to use the airport. It has also been recommended that recommended that Cardiff Airport should retain its status as the principal airport for Wales.

Leaving from Cardiff airport – A selection of car hire companies are located in the arrivals hall. There is a taxi desk available at the airport. Many bus services run between the airport and the city centre. Regular trains from Cardiff Central station hook up directly with Bristol, London, and the south west.

- There are many cash points that are located within the check-in hall near the main entrance. Pay phones are also available in the check-in hall. Toilets are located in the arrivals hall and the baggage reclaim hall. Post Box can be found outside the main entrance of terminal. All of these are located in the ground floor. The same is true for the First floor. In addition, there are places of worship like a quiet room and a chapel located in the corner of pre-departure area.

Airlines operating from Cardiff Airport

  Scheduled flights operators are Aer Arann, Air Southwest, bmibaby, Eastern Airways, KLM, Ryanair, Thomsonfly, Zoom Airlines, Air Wales. Chartered operators are Air Europa, Air Malta, Astraeus, Balkan Holidays, Excel Airways, First Choice, FlyJet, Futura, Lauda Air, MyTravel, Palmair, Spanair, Thomas Cook, Thomsonfly, Travel City Direct etc.

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