Carwyn Jones, the first minister of Wales, has set out a new 20-year Draft Masterplan for Cardiff Airport that includes a new terminal and four-star hotel.
Cardiff Airport aims to grow from its current 1.5 million passengers per annum to three million and beyond. As such, the masterplan aims to create a sense of place for visitors, improve accessibility for all passengers, modernize facilities by incorporating smart technology, and develop the airport’s green credentials with sustainability measures.
It also sets out the construction of the airport’s first on-site hotel, complete with business meeting and conference facilities, as well as the creation of a new transport hub and multi-story car park.
The first minister said, “These improvements are ambitious yet achievable and will enable the airport to continue its development of further aviation links to the rest of the UK, Europe and beyond which will improve its competitiveness and attractiveness as a gateway to international travel and trade. We look forward to working with the team at Cardiff Airport to deliver these exciting developments.”
Roger Lewis, chairman, Cardiff Airport, said, “This year has been transformational for Cardiff Airport and for Wales as we’ve already welcomed over 9% more passengers to the airport and more inbound visitors to the country than ever before.
“We have always been ambitious with our plans and this Draft Masterplan continues to show the confidence we have in our business and in the region. The airport plays a vital role in delivering for Wales and developing even further as a viable alternative gateway to the UK.”
Deb Barber, CEO, 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.
“We have ambitious plans for growth which can only be achieved if we enhance our infrastructure and create a five-star airport experience for customers that’s efficient, modern and enjoyable.”
Cardiff Airport is asking for public feedback on the Draft Masterplan by September 14, 2018. A final Masterplan will then be launched in autumn 2018.