Cardiff Airport has introduced a number of new measures to ensure the safety of its team and customers ahead of the start of flying in July.
As part of a commitment to keep safety and security its number one priority, the following measures have been put into place to give customers the confidence they can travel safely from their local Airport, in line with the latest Government guidelines:
Customers are advised to check the ‘Travel Safe’ guidance on the Cardiff Airport website before travelling and are reminded to check their airline’s travel regulations before they fly.
In order to help protect each other, customers are asked not to travel to the airport if displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, to keep a safe distance from others, to frequently wash and sanitise hands, and to wear a three-layer, non-medical face covering at all times in the terminal.
Deb Bowen Rees, CEO at Cardiff Airport, said:
“The Airport team have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure that the terminal is ready to welcome passengers in July, when our airlines begin to resume services to and from Cardiff. We have introduced a number of measures in line with both Welsh Government and UK Government guidance to protect one another, ensuring that everyone feels safe and confident whilst travelling through and working at Cardiff Airport.
“We would also like to remind everyone to be patient, kind and considerate to each other as we all adjust to this new airport experience. The safety and security of our team and passengers remains our number one priority, and we look forward to welcoming customers to the Airport in the coming weeks.
“The Cardiff Airport airfield has remained open throughout the pandemic to support critical cargo and medical flights, and to ensure that we are in a strong position to re-open for passenger travel. Whilst safety guidance is an important step for the re-commencing of airport operations, we believe that this is only part of the industry’s long journey of recovery- the UK Government must review the 14 day quarantine as a matter of urgency, moving towards a ‘travel corridor’ approach that allows risk-based travel. We also ask the FCO advice is considered to give the industry more clarity on when flying can resume for non-essential travel.”
The situation regarding the re-start of flying for passenger travel remains fluid and the Airport team are in regular dialogue with airlines as to when services will start operating again. Limited services are expected to start flying in July, increasing throughout August, however this could change based on UK Government advice and international travel guidance.
The current UK guidance on essential travel and travelling safely by air can be found online here
The current Welsh Government guidance on Coronavirus and local travel can be found online here.
Cardiff Airport overview
Cardiff Airport is an important part of the transport infrastructure in Wales and a major contributor to the local economy, supporting 2,400 aviation-related jobs. As the national airport for Wales, it drives over £246m of direct economic benefit to the region every year with over 30% of passengers being visitors to the country.
Cardiff Airport ended the 2019/20 financial year at 1.588 million passengers, which represents flat passenger growth year on year (at the end of February 2020 and prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, annual passenger growth was 7%). This follows growth of 7% in 2018, 9% in 2017 and 16% in 2016.
Prior to COVID-19 passenger growth had reached over 50% since the Airport came under public ownership in 2013. This growth reflects the Airport’s position as not only a point of departure, but also as a key international gateway for visitors to the UK.
In May 2020, the Airport confirmed the next Chair will be Wayne Harvey, Senior Managing Partner for Deloitte in Wales. Wayne, who retired from Deloitte in May joined in the non-executive Chair position on 1 June 2020, taking over from outgoing Chair Roger Lewis. He takes over at a challenging time for the aviation industry on a global scale.
Impact of COVID-19
Since 27 March 2020 there have been no commercial passenger operations through the Airport terminal, as the entire aviation industry has reduced or stopped operations globally.
The Cardiff Airport airfield has remained open as it is vital, as a key part of the national infrastructure that it remains in a position to support any essential flying for the UK whether it be freight, emergency or other critical activity that needs to take place.
There have been large freight flights from Cambodia and China bringing over 3million items of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) directly into Wales for the front-line NHS and care home teams. More flights are planned.