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Cardiff Airport is the only airport that provides scheduled international flights from within Wales, and with a number of smaller operators favouring the site – Flybe, Bmibaby and Thompson all operate from Cardiff Airport – is a popular place for short haul flights. Like many similar sites Cardiff Airport has its roots in use by the military and the site was originally a Spitfire base in the Second World War; after the war it was quickly realised that the base had potential as a passenger airport, and the current incarnation of Cardiff Airport grew from there.
Recent extensions to the runway and the facilities have seen rapid growth in the usefulness of Cardiff Airport and it is now an important part of the airline network; well placed in a part of Wales that has no other competing airport, Cardiff capitalises on the popularity of the city – just a few miles away – and there are many flights to other UK airports as a result. Newcastle, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Belfast are all well served from Cardiff Airport by regular scheduled flights while European destinations such as Alicante and Malaga – with Bmibaby – plus Paris and Amsterdam, by Flybe and KLM respectively, are also served by frequent scheduled flights. Charter destinations from Cardiff airport are wide and varied, although the length of the runway limits the size of the aircraft and therefore the destinations that can be achieved.
Access by road is adequate and the onsite facilities are up to the standards of many a bigger airport, making Cardiff Airport a very pleasant place to start a journey.