After my first plane flight from Cardiff International Airport at least I feel more qualified to say something about it.
Yes, Cardiff has an airport and an increasing number of airlines fly here. There are connections to Ireland, Scotland, England and North Wales. You can also get good flights to Amsterdam and 'down south' to the holiday destinations on the Mediterranean.
The airport is about 9 miles west from Cardiff and a couple of miles from the town of Barry. There is a regular hourly Airbus X91 from Cardiff to the airport (35 minutes) and, sometime in 2005, a new railway link is opening up. And a big carpark - they charge about 28 GBP for a weekend's parking.
The airport is an ugly mess, like most airports. If you are leaving Cardiff, there are nicer food outlets in the Departures area than upstairs.
If you are arriving from mainland Europe, get a window seat on the right side of the plane - tremendous views on a clear day of Somerset, the island of Flatholm, Cardiff, Penarth and the Glamorgan Heritage Coast!!
Cardiff is served by an International airport located just 12 miles outside the city. Scheduled flights operate to Europe and the UK throughout the year, in the Summer season charter flights are available to and from many more European destinations in Spain, Greece, Italy, Turkey and the Canary Islands. A small number of charters are also available throught the Winter.
Amsterdam, KLM, 5 daily, connections worldwide.
Brussels, BA, 2 daily, connections worldwide.
Cork, Air Wales, 1 daily from 14/5/2002
Dublin, BA, 3 daily
Dublin, Ryanair, 2 daily
Paris, BA, 3 daily, connections worldwide.
Aberdeen, BA, 1 daily
Belfast, BA, 1 daily
Edinburgh, BA, 3 daily
Glasgow, BA, 3 daily
Jersey, BA, 1 daily
Stanstead, Air Wales, 1 daily from 31/5/2002
Airport - 20 mins taxi ride from centre..
Train - Central station right in centre..
Coach - Coach/Bus Station next to train station..
Car - J29 off M4, onto A48 towards city centre, where there's parking in 4 or 5 multi-storey car parks which all get pretty full after 10.30am at the weekend..
Walk round city centre - very compact. Taxis easy to find except at 2 am on a Friday or Saturday night!
In May 2012 I arrived in Cardiff by air from Amsterdam. I had previously flown from Edinburgh to Cardiff some years earlier, but this was the first time to arrive from abroad.
On arrival we had to go through immigration, but this was unlike any immigration process I had ever experienced. There was a short queue and I could see people having problems at some sort of screen, and calling for help. I thought I would have no difficulty when I read the instructions to place my passport on a screen with photo downwards. I tried several times with no success, so had to call for help too. I had been placing my passport horizontally on the screen, but should have placed it vertically with the photo at the top. Success at last, and a door opened allowing me through to another small 'cabinet'. Yellow marks on the floor indicated where you have to stand to be scanned. Then the door opens and out you go.
There was nowhere to go except to the outside where there was a taxi stand and across the road a parking area.
As my daughter was delayed coming to collect me, having had to take her brother to catch a flight from Bristol to Barcelona, which I did not know about, I had no option but to wait. And wait, and wait. I didn't have a valid SIM card for my mobile phone so was unable to contact her, I ended up sitting on the stone steps until she arrived.Fortunately it was a warm sunny , dry morning. There were no shops, nothing and even those waiting for taxis had a long wait .
So, unless you have already arranged transportation from the airport to town, you may find yourself stranded.
You can get to Cardiff by Air from most of Europe and the UK and even as far away as Canada. The airport is a good 30miniutes drive from the city centre, so taxis can be a little expensive I would recommend the express bus service x91 which operates half hourly and costs just £7.00 return. Or you could board the train which serves between the airport and the Cardiff central station and runs hourly and takes around 36minutes at accost of around £4.20 one way.
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It is an airport that is growing fast, I guess the main reason, is that BMI has made this airport the second one of its fleet.
As Stace lived in Barry, I never had any problem as it is 10 minutes from there, but if you have to go to Cardiff, no problems.
There is a bus called Airbus X91 and another one service number 95, goes to Cardiff. Prices around 3 pounds one way or 5 the return.