In what has been one of biggest events to ever come to Wales, Cardiff Airport is reflecting on an incredibly busy and successful Champions League Final weekend.
The excitement began on Friday 2nd June, with the arrival of Juventus and Real Madrid to Wales – including sporting legends Cristiano Ronaldo and Welsh football hero Gareth Bale.
The next two days saw a 300% uplift in air traffic activity around the skies of South Wales, with 380 additional flight movements operated by charter airlines including Alitalia and on scheduled airlines Vueling and Ryanair, while KLM increased the size of their aircraft to manage demand.
Juventus fans were welcomed to Wales through a specially built facility known as ‘Terminal 2’ with flights jetting in from the early hours of Saturday morning and continued right through to just a couple of hours before kick-off. Real Madrid fans also flew into Cardiff on scheduled services operated by Vueling and Iberia Express, as did a number of VIPs on private aircraft.
Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, said: “Having had a few days to reflect it’s amazing to think what we as a city have achieved. As Wales’ national airport we welcomed 21,000* travelling fans in a very short amount of time, not to mention the teams themselves and a number of VIPs.
Working in partnership with UEFA, Football Association of Wales, South Wales Police and with the cooperation and hard work of our team, we were able to deliver a successful and safe event. The Champions League final has demonstrated just what we can deliver as the national airport of Wales, and we as a team look forward to future opportunities and an exciting year ahead.”
The UEFA Champions League Final in numbers:
Air traffic and passengers
300% uplift in air traffic around the skies of South Wales
380 additional arrivals and departures
21,000* travelling fans
2 Champions League Final teams Juventus and Real Madrid
22,800 watched live on Facebook as the teams arrived in Cardiff
1 Champions League Trophy
3125 T9 Cardiff Express Bus fares
318 journeys on the 905 Rhoose Train Station shuttle
800 taxi journeys
Food and drink
3,105 pints of lager
1,635 sandwiches and baguettes
1,349 bottles of water
749 cups of tea
334 shots of espresso
Tax and duty free items
620 souvenir keyrings and magnets
328 Welsh dragon cuddly toys
18 bottles of champagne – one to each of the ladies’ winning football team
To watch the video of the teams arriving visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwmkrx8ABmg
*Passenger figure quoted is approximate and does not include any additional passengers who travelled to Cardiff on regular scheduled services