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The Airport terminal consists of the Departures building and the Arrivals Hall. Within the Departures building, there consists two areas; Landside and Airside. No boarding cards are required landside, although to access Airside, a passenger must be in possession of a valid boarding card, and must pass through the security cordon area that separates Landside from Airside.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What is the difference between 'landside' and 'airside' within the terminal building?
A:No boarding cards are required landside, although to access Airside, a passenger must be in possession of a valid boarding card, and must pass through the security cordon area that separates Landside from Airside.
Getting to Cardiff International Airport
Cardiff international Airport is situated in Rhoose, 12 miles west of Cardiff City Centre and 10 miles from Junction 33 on the M4.
Please use the following new browser link to plan your journey to the airport:
From the M4
Exit at Junction 33 on the M4 and follow the A4232. Take the first exit off the A4232 at Culverhouse Cross and follow signs to the airport along the A4050 and A4226.
Checker cars, the official taxi operator for the airport, is located outside the arrivals hall to the right as you exit the building.
Taxis are available upon arrival, or can be booked in advance by e-mailing email@example.com or calling +44 (0)1446 711747.
Checker cars are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
A rail link connects Cardiff International Airport to Cardiff Central and Bridgend. Trains run each direction every hour, with onward connections possible to other destinations on the rail network.
For details of timings for the route below, please ring Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 (National Call rate)
Cardiff Bus 'Airbus Xpress' service X91 operates direct between Cardiff City Centre (including Central Station) and the airport with up to a half hourly frequency on Mondays to Fridays, hourly on Saturdays and Sundays. Adult single fare is £4, period return £7. Child single fare is £3, period return £5.
Additional Cardiff Bus service 95 runs via Barry on Monday to Saturday evenings.
Additional Bus services
Service 146 - operated by EST bus
Barry - Cardiff International Airport - Llantwit Major - Bridgend
Frequency is up to every hour on Monday - Saturdays.
Service 345- operated by EST Bus.
Operates hourly, Monday to Saturday during the evenings.
Journey time is approximately 40 minutes.
Service X5 - operated by First.
Llantwit Major - Cardiff International Airport - Cardiff (Via Barry).
Operates every 2 hours, Sundays and Bank Holidays only.
Journey time is approximately 40 minutes.
Service X45- operated by Shamrock.
Llantwit Major - Cardiff International Airport - Cardiff (via Barry).
Operates hourly, Monday to Saturday during the day.
Journey time is approximately 35 minutes.
For details of timings please ring Traveline on 0870 608 2 608 (National Call rate).
The National Express Coach Service operates regular direct services to Cardiff Central Bus Station.
For enquiries call: 0870 580 8080
or visit: www.gobycoach.com
This section contains infomation on Scheduled Airlines that utilise Cardiff International Airport.
0800 587 23 24
Reservations: 0870 241 8202
Plymouth City Airport,
Reservations: 0870 264 2229
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PO BOX 737
Reservations: 08703 669 100
Reservations: 0870 169 0169
Reservations: 0870 507 4074
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
2a Cains Lane
Reservations: 0870 1900 737
London Luton Airport
Reservations: 0870 240 0055
Suite 200 - 380 Hunt Club Road
The history of Cardiff International Airport on its present site extends back 60 years to the early 1940's when the Air Ministry requisitioned land in the rural Vale of Glamorgan to set up a wartime satellite aerodrome and training base for RAF Spitfire pilots. The original Cardiff Airport operated at Pengam Moors (Cardiff Bay) from 1931 to 1954. It was the birth place of Cambrian Airways, a major Welsh Airline for many years at the Rhoose site. Construction work on the existing site commenced in 1941, and the airfield officially began life on 7 April 1942 when it was taken over by No 53 Operational Training Unit. The commercial potential of the runway was recognised in the early 1950's with Aer Lingus starting a service to Dublin in 1952. A new Terminal Building followed, along with flights to France, Belfast and Cork. An escalation in holiday charter business resulted in passenger throughput exceeding 100,000 in 1962.
In 1965, control of the Airport was transferred from the Ministry of Defence to Glamorgan County Council. With the first transatlantic flight in 1971, further investment led to the development of the current Terminal Building and Control Tower. The main runway was doubled in length to 7,000 ft, which enabled the airport to accommodate wide bodied aircraft.
Local government reorganisation in the 1970's resulted in the transfer of the Airport's ownership to the three County Councils of South, Mid and West Glamorgan, the successors of the former Glamorgan County Council. The growth in the popularity of charter traffic to the Mediterranean saw passenger levels soar to 250,000 in the early 1980's. New links were also established between Cardiff and Canada.
1986 saw a further extension of 750 ft to the runway, costing in the region of £1 million, thus attracting more business to the Airport in the form of new generation jet aircraft. Development of transatlantic links were made with charter flights to Florida, in addition to the previously established links with Canada. The runway extension, enabling the Airport to handle 747 jumbo jets, was instrumental in attracting the British Airways Maintenance facility to Cardiff International Airport. The maintenance hangar is one of the largest in the world and provides heavy airframe and engineering maintenance for the British Airways fleet and third party carriers.
The early 1990's saw a significant boost to the Airport's scheduled services when Manx Airlines established their European Air Route Hub at Cardiff, offering daily services to key business destinations within Europe and the UK. Consequently scheduled passenger levels exceeded 100,000 for the first time in a single year.
In 1992 passenger numbers soared by an impressive 22% to 743,219 by the end of the 1992/3 financial year. Additional charter and scheduled services contributed to the rise in traffic, as did major increases in aircraft capacity. The Airport's Golden Jubilee Anniversary was celebrated in 1992 and a programme of special events to mark 50 years of flying from Cardiff culminated in a Royal visit, with Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra unveiling a commemorative plaque.
A series of major expansion projects, designed to boost the capacity of the Terminal Building and enhance overall operational efficiency, commenced in early 1993. The projects included re-development of the landside forecourt area, expansion and modernisation of the International Departures Lounge, plus modification of the roadway access to the Terminal, and construction of a new security access point.
In April 1995, due to planned Local Government re-organisation in Wales, the Airport Company was privatised, with shares being sold to Welsh property and development firm, TBI Plc. Since the privatisation, Cardiff International Airport's success has continued, ranking as one of the UK's most successful regional airports.
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