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Cardiff Airport expects busiest Christmas in years

Wales’ national airport will welcome 30,000 customers this Christmas, 10% more than the same two week festive period last year. It’s expected to be Cardiff Airport’s busiest Christmas in seven years.

This exciting news rounds up what has been a very busy year for Wales’ national airport and a number of exciting announcements, including a new daily direct service to Doha, Qatar with Qatar Airways starting on 1st May 2018.

Other airline news in 2017 includes a new Flybe route to Venice starting on March 2018; Super Break charters to North Iceland, Seville, Madeira, Malta and Montenegro plus the return of flights to Hurghada, Egypt with TUI starting next winter.

As people travel home or choose to jet off in search of sunnier climes this Christmas, Cardiff Airport will remain open as usual with 400 flights expected. New routes operating this year include Flybe’s service to Rome and cruise flights with TUI to Montego Bay in Jamaica. Extra flights will operate to Berlin, Cork, Dublin, Belfast City and Jersey, while KLM has added 25% more seats to its daily flights to Amsterdam.

There’s good news for keen snow bunnies too, with flights to Geneva, Chambéry, Munich and Milan Malpensa, offering skiers and snowboarders access to the slopes. 

Customers will be flying to and from these top fifteen most popular destinations this Christmas:

Amsterdam with KLM
Dublin with Flybe
Edinburgh with Flybe
Alicante with TUI and Vueling
Belfast with Flybe
Tenerife with TUI and Ryanair
Paris with Flybe
Malaga with TUI and Vueling
Glasgow with Flybe
Lanzarote with TUI
Gran Canaria with TUI
Berlin with Flybe
Munich with Flybe
Cork with Flybe
Milan with Flybe

Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, said: “2017 has been a very busy year with lots of exciting announcements and developments in the terminal underway in preparation for an even busier 2018!

“The New Year will get off to a flying start with a Super Break trip to North Iceland in January, a Hurtigruten trip to Norway in March, and an exclusive Omega Holidays night flight in search of the Northern Lights on 16th March.

“Staff are really getting into the festive spirit this year too. We’ve donated many presents to local organisations, worn our Christmas jumpers to raise money for charity and welcomed many excited families on their way 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 Deb.

“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.”

Christmas getaway ideas

An Italian city break in Rome, depart Boxing Day and return Saturday 30th with Flybe.

US city breaks to New York, Boston or Chicago to see in the New Year on KLM.

Hit the slopes. Guarantee your white Christmas with a ski trip. Fly with Flybe to Chambery, Geneva, Munich or Milan. 

Replenish your vitamin D in the winter sun. Fly with Ryanair to Tenerife twice weekly.

Escape the cold and head to Spain with Vueling, offering twice weekly flights to Malaga and Alicante