Wales’ national airport will welcome 35,000 customers this Christmas, an increase of 9% compared to the same two week period last year.
Following a year that saw even more new destinations added by our airlines, there is now an even greater choice of year-round routes, making it convenient and cost-effective for customers to fly home or enjoy a festive break over Christmas and New Year.
The most popular destination is Amsterdam, with many passengers flying on to over 900+ worldwide connections with KLM to long haul destinations including Dubai, Sri Lanka, China and the USA.
The top ten destinations this Christmas are:
1. Amsterdam (KLM)
2. Edinburgh (Flybe)
3. Tenerife (Thomson and Ryanair)
4. Alicante (Vueling and Thomson)
5. Dublin (Flybe)
6. Paris (Flybe)
7. Malaga (Vueling and Thomson)
8. Belfast (Flybe)
9. Glasgow (Flybe)
10. Lanzarote (Thomson)
Weekend breaks and days out in London are now more convenient and cost effective than ever, thanks to daily flights to London City with Flybe now available from £34.99 one way.
Winter sun holidays are popular at this time of year, with destinations including Alicante and Malaga served by Vueling and Thomson; Faro available with Flybe plus Tenerife which is served by Thomson and Ryanair.
There’s good news for keen snow bunnies too, with increased flights to Geneva operating twice a week and a weekly service to Chambery starting on 17 December. In addition flights to Munich and Milan offer skiers even more options for reaching the slopes.
Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: “It’s great to see such an uplift in passengers at the airport again this year, with customers jetting off to visit friends and family or to enjoy some winter sun.
“Staff are really getting into the festive spirit this year too. We’ve donated over a hundred presents to local organisations, worn our Christmas jumpers to raise money for charity and even donned reindeer antlers to welcome our passengers who are off to Lapland!
“And even though it’s mild at the moment, in the event that temperatures drop we have plans in place to ensure we’re prepared and are able to keep disruptions to a minimum should cold weather cause problems.” Continued Debra.
“Passengers travelling to the Airport during the Christmas holidays are advised to allow plenty of time for their journey, and particular attention should be given to public transport services as there may be some restrictions to regular timetables over the period.
Those travelling with Christmas crackers should check with their airline before arriving at the Airport and customers are reminded not to travel with wrapped presents in hand luggage as they may need to be opened during the security process.”
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