Busy year sees Cardiff Airport hit one million passengers in August

posted on 24th August 2018 by Justin Burns
Busy year sees Cardiff Airport hit one million passengers in August

The national airport for Wales is continuing to perform strongly and is well on track to achieve double-digit passenger growth at the end of this year having already welcomed one million passengers just eight months into 2018.

Figures show that at this point last year, Cardiff Airport had welcomed just over 935,000 passengers, representing a seven per cent increase in 2018.

Additionally, the month of July 2018 alone saw double-digit growth, having welcomed 12 per cent more passengers over the busy peak summer month.

At just over halfway through the year, Cardiff Airport has already seen many  announcements and developments, including the launch of a new direct daily service to the Middle East with Qatar Airways.

Others are the completion of a £4 million investment into the improvement of the customer experience within the terminal, including additional seating in the Departure Lounge for passengers to relax before travelling.

TUI also announced the addition of an aircraft at its Cardiff base for summer 2019, which will add 100,000 extra seats and new flights to Dubrvonik (Croatia), Naples (Italy) and Hurghada (Egypt).

Flybe celebrated the third anniversary of its Cardiff base and the addition of another aircraft. The airline has seen a 130 per cent increase in passengers at Cardiff and now offers flights to 17 destinations including Dublin, Cork, Belfast City and Jersey.

Cardiff Airport chief executive officer, Deb Barber said: “At just over halfway through 2018, it’s promising to see such strong passenger figures. This summer, for example, is our busiest summer in a decade and we’re continuing to improve the experience for our passengers, with the launch of a new Meet & Greet parking service just recently.

“With strong monthly results such as July’s 12% increase and 8% passenger growth for the rolling 12 months, we are well on track to deliver the double digit growth projected at the beginning of the year.

“Our work continues to deliver a sustainable airport business which encompasses a diverse portfolio of products and services, but, more than anything, we are passionate about flying the flag for Wales and proudly acting as a key gateway to the UK for international visitors.”