The Queen's Commonwealth Games baton arrives to a water fanfare, and at the giant BA maintenance hangar there's a first class welcome for a brand new 777. Airport Operations Assistant Cristina is left blushing as French rugby fans serenade her at Passport Control, and the never ending battle to keep the airfield free of birds.
There’s car park disruption, as wrongly parked vehicles threaten to delay vital improvement works, and on the runway a small jet with technical problems brings the airport to a complete standstill. Ground crew have just 25 minutes to get the Barcelona flight turned around and back in the air with new passengers, and the airport welcomes a new carrier and with it expanded routes.
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The race in on to dismantle the main security hall and move it to its new location before the first of the morning departures, and hundreds arrive at the terminal building all looking for a holiday bargain at a special travel fair. There’s a long night ahead for the runway repair team, while head of Customer Service Margaret James in on a mission to drive up standards.
A new series following day to day at Wales’s international airport
The builders move in to remove a despised airport landmark, and staff have to manage airline delays on one of the busiest days of the year – only for the fire alarm to force the terminal to be evacuated.
The airports firefighters get to grips with their new kit, while the arrival of a new carrier brings much needed new routes.
The Chief Executive of Cardiff Airport is to stand down in September, it has been announced.
Jon Horne, who took up the post in April last year after previously working as the airport's managing director, said a new perspective "will be beneficial for the next stage of development".
I am extremely grateful for the opportunity that I have had to work with the great team at Cardiff Airport who have delivered very positive and significant change in a short space of time and it is a great credit to them.
There is still much work to be done, but I have agreed with the Chairman that a new perspective will be beneficial for the next stage of development and as such I have concluded my executive involvement.
Chairman Lord Rowe-Beddoe thanked Mr Horne for his work during his time at the airport and confirmed he will be available to the Board as an advisor.
The Welsh Government, which controversially bought Cardiff Airport last year for £52m after years of declining passenger numbers, says Ryanair's return "is proof that the airport is a highly attractive proposition for airlines."
This announcement is excellent news for Cardiff Airport, and clearly demonstrates potential for building the offer of low cost airlines. Ryanair is a major player in this sector so for them to introduce a route at Cardiff will help to build the profile of the airport and attract new customers.
It is also excellent news for travellers who will now have more choice and flexibility. Hopefully this will be the springboard for many more Ryanair flights from Cardiff.
This is one of several new flights operating from Cardiff since the Welsh Government bought the airport and is proof that the airport is a highly attractive proposition for airlines.
Last month, the airport announced a 9 per cent increase in passenger numbers since being taken over by the Welsh Government.
Last year, Thomson, First Choice and Lufthansa all announced extra flights.
This January, CityJet stepped in to run services to Paris and Glasgow, after Flybe withdrew.
Cardiff Airport has said it is "delighted" that airline Ryanair has decided to begin flying again from the Vale of Glamorgan base, and it is "a major opportunity to increase choice for our customers."
We are delighted that Ryanair has chosen Cardiff as its 15th UK departure airport and see this as a major opportunity to increase choice for our customers.
This development fits perfectly with our strategy to grow the number of low cost airlines and flights available from Cardiff. It's great to add another major airline to our list and I'm sure this service will be a great success.
Ryanair is returning to Cardiff, after withdrawing its route to Dublin in 2006.
Low-cost airline Ryanair has announced it will return to Cardiff Airport later this year with a new route to Tenerife.
The new weekly service to and from the destination will start from 30 October and the airline hopes it will take around 15,000 passengers each year.
After yesterday's difficulties, there are more delays at Cardiff Airport today:
- 07.55 arrival from Newcastle
- 06.20 departure to Glasgow
- 08.20 departure to Newcastle/Aberdeen
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Three flights have been delayed at Cardiff Airport this morning:
- 07.55 from Newcastle
- 08.00 from Dublin
- 08.30 from Edinburgh
Departures are currently running to time. For the latest details click here