A draft “masterplan” will be launched at the airport today which includes a new rail link off the Cardiff to Bridgend coastal line and a new four star hotel. The airport also plans more destinations as part of a vision to expand Cardiff Airport over the next 20 years.
The Welsh government-owned airport, reiterated its plan to grow from 1.5 million to three million passengers, and said the airport must be integrated into both local and national planning.
The plan includes:
- Attracting new airlines, to secure new routes and more choice for customers travelling to and from the region
- Diversifying the airport to develop opportunities for aviation, cargo, education, technology and innovation
- Developing a new terminal, creating “best in class” facilities, including “smart” technology
- Building a new four-star hotel, including business meeting and conference facilities
- Creating an “integrated transport facility”
- Developing a new multi-storey car park close to the terminal building
The First Minister Carwyn Jones said the improvements were “ambitious yet achievable”.
Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport, added:
“This masterplan has been created to set out milestones up to the year 2040 that enable us to meet our vision for the future and position Cardiff Airport as a key part of the UK's transport strategy.”
Cardiff Airport is asking for feedback on the draft plan by September 14. A final plan will then be launched in the autumn.
Commenting on Cardiff Airport’s Masterplan, President of the South Wales Chamber of Commerce, Harri Lloyd-Davies said:
“Today’s announcement is good news for Cardiff Airport and good news for the businesses and communities of South Wales.
“A strong, successful national airport will increase the opportunities for Welsh businesses to connect to the world and will make it easier for the world to come to Wales.
“A new terminal, a new hotel and other new facilities will bring with it supply chain opportunities for local businesses and the Chamber of Commerce will be working with the team at the airport to ensure our members can make the most of these opportunities.”