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Cardiff 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
– 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
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
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.
– 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
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
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
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.
Essentials - 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.