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Cardiff Airport Parking

You can save a great deal on parking at Cardiff Airport by pre-booking with Purple Parking. We can arrange off-airport parking at a reasonable and competitive price with our parking partners Airparks who are located at Rhoose, which is less than 1 mile away from the airport terminal. They provide a Park & Ride service which offers secure parking and frequent courtesy transfers to and from the airport which take just 3 minutes.

Cardiff Airport is situated 12 miles west of Cardiff city centre and is easily accessible by car. The airport can be found on the A4226 which can be accessed from Junction 33 of the M4 via the A4232 and the A4050.

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Parking Services at Cardiff Airport

At Cardiff Airport, Purple Parking offers a Park and Ride service operated by:

With Park & Ride, simply drive yourself to Cardiff Airparks which is located less than a mile from the airport. Once you have checked in, load your luggage on to the courtesy transfer bus, then sit back and relax whilst you are driven to the airport terminal. On your return, a courtesy bus will take you straight back to the car park and your car which will be ready for you to collect.

Facilities at Cardiff Airport

Cardiff International has one terminal but there are a wide range of facilities and services available to leisure and business travellers alike. There is assistance available to those with special needs and amenities with the younger passengers in mind, including games zones and a children¹s play centre, which is sponsored by Airtours. For the business travellers Cardiff International Airport offers The 51š Lounge, an executive lounge that provides the perfect location to unwind, relax or complete any last minute paperwork. The lounge is also open to leisure travellers and offers a full range of refreshments, as well as telephone, fax and photocopier facilities and widescreen satellite TV. A rail link connects Cardiff International Airport to Cardiff Central and Bridgend. Trains run each direction every hour, with onward connections possible to other destinations on the rail network. If travelling by bus, the ŒAirbus Xpress¹ service X91 operates direct between Cardiff City Centre (including Central Station) and the airport with up to a half hourly frequency during weekdays. The National Express Coach service also operates regular direct services to Cardiff Central Bus Station, where alternative transport can be found for travel on to Cardiff International Airport.

About Cardiff Airport

Cardiff International Airport is the only large airport in Wales that provides air travel services in excess of 2 million passengers each year.

  • Cardiff is the international airport for Wales and it serves the capital city of Cardiff and the south of Wales.
  • Cardiff International Airport is located in the village of Rhoose, in the Vale of Glamorgan, roughly twelve miles south-west of the city of Cardiff.
  • It is the main maintenance base for British Airways and home to a variety of aerospace-oriented firms.

The History of Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport came into existence in the 1940s when the Air Ministry requisitioned land in the rural Vale of Glamorgan to provide a wartime satellite aerodrome and training base for RAF Spitfire pilots. Originally the airport operated at Pengam Moors, Cardiff Bay between 1931 and 1954, and it was here that Cambrian Airways began; a major Welsh airline for many years at the Rhoose site. On 7th April 1942 the airfield officially started operations when it was taken over by No 53 Operational Training Unit.

It was during the 1950s that the potential for commercial development was identified with Aer Lingus commencing a service to Dublin in 1952. The new terminal building was opened and flights to France, Belfast and Cork began. As the holiday charter business expanded, it resulted in over 100,000 passengers passing through Cardiff Airport in 1962.

In 1965 Glamorgan County Council took over control of the airport from the Ministry of Defence and with the first transatlantic flight in 1971, further investment led to the development of the facilities, including the terminal building and control tower. In addition, the main runway was extended in length to 7,000 feet, which meant that the airport could accommodate wide bodied aircraft.

Due to local government reorganisation in the 1970s, control of the airport changed hands again, this time passing to the three County Councils of South, Mid and West Glamorgan. As the popularity of charter traffic to the Mediterranean continued to grow, the number of passengers passing through Cardiff Airport escalated to 250,000 during the early 1980s. New links were also established between Cardiff and Canada, and later on charter flights to Florida were made available.

In 1986 the runway was extended a further 750 feet at a cost of £1 millions and as a result, more business was attracted to the airport in the form of new generation jet aircraft. Once the runway was extended, Cardiff was able to handle 747 jumbo jets and this was a major factor in attracting the British Airways Maintenance facility to Cardiff International Airport. The maintenance hangar is one of the largest in the world and provides heavy airframe and engineering maintenance for the British Airways fleet and also third party carriers.

At the beginning of the 1990s Manx Airlines established their European Air Route Hub at Cardiff with daily services to key business destinations within Europe and the UK. As a result the number of scheduled passengers exceeded 100,000 for the first time in a single year.

The Airport¹s Golden Jubilee was celebrated in 1992 with a variety of special events to mark the occasion, culminating in a Royal visit from Her Royal Highness Princess Alexandra, who unveiled a commemorative plaque.

A series of ongoing development projects started in 1993, including improvement of the landside forecourt area, expansion and modernisation of the International Departures Lounge, plus modification of the roadway access to the Terminal, and construction of a new security access point. By August 1994 the airport was able to boast an annual total of 1 million passengers for the first time in its history.

In April 1995 the Airport company was privatised, with shares being sold to Welsh property and development firm, TBI Plc. Since privatisation Cardiff International Airport¹s success has continued, ranking as one of the UK¹s most successful regional airports.