Cardiff Airport Information
Cardiff Airport (IATA code CWL) is an international airport for Wales, serving Cardiff and the rest of South, Mid and West Wales. Around 2 million passengers pass through the airport each year. It is located in the village of Rhoose, Vale of Glamorgan, west of the Cardiff city centre of Cardiff.
Cardiff Airport is the only airport in Wales offering international scheduled flights. It is served by scheduled, low-fare, business and charter carriers and also supports corporate and general aviation. The majority of international flights are to Spain, Ireland and the Netherlands with the most popular being Alicante, Amsterdam, Palma de Mallorca. The most popular domestic service within the UK is to Edinburgh. There are also transatlantic charter flights to the USA and the Caribbean.
The history of the airport extends back to the early 1940s, when the Air Ministry requisitioned land in the rural Vale of Glamorgan to set up a wartime satellite aerodrome and training base, named RAF Rhoose, for Royal Air Force (RAF) Spitfire pilots. Construction work 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 1950s 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.
Extensive works on the facility will begin from January 2010, costing around £3m, starting with the redevelopment of the front of the airport terminal and approach areas.
Airlines using Cardiff Airport include:
- Aer Arann
- Eastern Airways
- Flybe operated by Loganair
- Highland Airways
- KLM operated by KLM Cityhopper
- Thomson Airways
This information was source by Wikipedia at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff_Airport