STATS: Passengers Up 30% – February Stats now on Wales Air Forum

Stats for Feb 14 are now on WAF. Click here to view. 

“Another month of growth at CWL, PAX up 30% to 59,611. Rolling year up 7%.

These figures were helped by the two airlifts that occurred in February this year. One to Dublin and one to France. The French airlift carried over 7700 passengers on charter flights, whilst the Dublin lift carried over 2300 passengers on charter flights. However, even without these charter flights, we saw more standard passengers using Cardiff compared to last February.

Many destinations showed growth with ALC up 213%, AMS up 8%, EDI up 22.3%, AGP up 114% and TFS up 28%. A slightly better month for VY on APG and ALC with LFs of 66% and 62% respectively, however, this is still below the level it needs to be to be sustainable for VY. It is interesting to note the TOM had nearly half the number of flights to AGP but carried nearly as many people.

Routes that saw drops included SSH at -6% (due to less popularity of holiday to Egypt), BHD down 12% (less rotations, but still at a LF of 70%), GLA -32% (due to WX taking over), ACE -5% and VLY -9%. Cityjet took over the GLA route and started ORY at the end of Jan, so Feb is the first month to see how the routes are progressing. GLA had a load of 45%, and ORY had a load of 37%, which relates to passengers of 23 and 19 respectively. This isn’t a horrendous start but this will need to improve over the next few months for Cityjet to see CWL as sustainable. Two further routes to EDI and JER commence in April.

Lets hope we continue to see growth until May, which will be a continuous 12 months of growth at CWL. “


Jan 14 stats are now on the WAF site. Click here to view. 

Another very positive month for Cardiff. Passengers up 17.9% for Jan and up 5% rolling year to a total of 1,063,933.

Many routes seen in the green – ALC up 190%, DUB up 18%, EDI up 15%, AGP up 95% and AMS up 21%. Routes that saw drops included NCL down 10%, BHD down 12% and SSH down 2%. January saw the start of ORY and GLA by Cityjet and Flybe coming off CDG and GLA. Both Glasgow and Paris (ORY + CDG) saw drops in overall numbers due to this change over and the short lead in time to the Cityjet flights. ORY saw initial loads of around 14 PAX (28%), however, it is not possible to see how well GLA performed as it is mixed in with the BE figures. February and March will give a better indication of how GLA and ORY are performing. The BGI charter saw a 100% load which is excellent and TOM has already announced an increase in Caribbean charters for next winter and new cruise charters to Genoa this Summer.

GNB and LYS both took a hiatus from the beginning of January till start of February, hence the low passenger numbers. Due to this very few passengers will have headed back on the outbound flights due to the 4 week break, therefore loads could actually be seen to be 78% and 86% respectively for GNB and LYS, which is quite encouraging. GVA has a quieter month in Jan with loads of 52% and CMF had loads of 38%. However, both of these routes are on sale for Winter 14/15 which is a good sign!

VY had a poor month again on ALC and AGP with loads of 46% and 54% respectively. February should be better for them with half term, however, I can’t see VY trying winter ops at CWL next year, maybe only an extended operating schedule i.e. until November and then restart Feb 15.

Lets try to keep this momentum moving forward into the summer. However with TOM, TCX, EIR and WX (compared to BE) capacity reductions and currently VY having a quieter schedule for July/August to ALC and AGP, it may be difficult.

STATS: Up4.3% 2013 – December stats now on Wales Air Forum

The CAA statistics for Cardiff Airport for December 2013 are now on the WAF site! They show that Cardiff Airport carried 1,057,088 passengers in 2013, up 4.3% on 2012. Click here to view.

STATS: October stats for Cardiff Airport now on Wales Air Forum

Click here to view stats for October 2013.

Again another positive month for Cardiff. Rolling year flights are now at just -1%, so not long now till we are in all greens. Rolling year passengers up 3.4% to 1,044,268.October is the month when many routes end, so depending when airlines finish their schedules can have a significant impact on the results. Therefore, for some of the green/red results (particularly the seasonal routes), best to take them with a pinch of salt.

Routes that showed guaranteed growth (excluding ones potentially effected by the above) include Jersey up 190%, Malaga up 348.2%, Malta up 37%, Paphos up 38.5%, Paris up 22%, Amsterdam up 11% (5th month with 10000+ PAX). Routes that showed decreases include Dublin down 3%, Belfast down 10%, Barcelona down 16%, Sharm El Sheikh down 6% and Newcastle down 38%.

The next few months of the Winter season will be critical for CWL, both in terms of PAX and airlines. Vueling trialling Winter routes and Flybe with the new five routes. I am predicting that this year will be up on last year at around 1.06 million, with a small but manageable growth.

STATS: Cardiff Airport stats for September – Pax up 8.1%

The stats for Cardiff Airport for September 2013 are now on the Wales Air Forum site. Click here to view.

STATS: Cardiff Airport stats for August available on Wales Air Forum

Click here to view stats for August 2013.

“August was a very busy month for the airport. Passenger numbers up 14.4%, with flights up 7.1%. The rolling year passenger numbers is now just short of breaking even, so fingers crossed for a busy September.

The majority of flights saw increases and high load factors. Many of the core routes show growth i.e. AMS, DUB, GLA, CDG. The Dusseldorf route had its busiest month so far with a load factor of 68% on a 78 seat aircraft (about 53 PAX per flight). Many holiday routes showed growth, many helped by Vueling. AGP saw huge growth with a 530% increase and a load factor of 87% across Thomson and Vueling. The individual LFs for Vueling were very strong and hopefully will remain high for the rest of the summer season.

Some routes saw decreases, again AYT and BJV are due to capacity cuts by TCX compared to last summer. The Funchal charter only had loads of 62%, 100 people, which is disappointing and may hinder further growth by Atlantic Holidays for 2014.”

Wales Air Forum Monthly Stats


The stats for July 2013 are now on the Wales Air Forum site. Click here to download.

Contains information on load factors, passengers per flight, busiest airline in terms of passengers and movements and also where the busiest destinations were.

Want to know how Cardiff Airport routes are performing in 2013 against 2012?

Wales Air Forum has created a document to download which shows how routes and passenger numbers are performing this year (up to July 2013) compared to 2012.

The file is in excel format and makes some interesting viewing. The document is made of a series of graphs which allows you to choose which routes to display, so you can do some of your own analysis. All data comes from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) website.

Click here to download.   July 2013 statistics will be uploaded shortly.

STATS: Cardiff Airport Stats for May 2013 – Up 8.7%

The CAA statistics for May 2013 are now available on the WAF site for Cardiff Airport. Passengers up 8.7% and flights up 2.2%.

Click here to view.


The March stats are up on the WAF site. Click here to view. 

Total passengers down 18% (mainly due to the 6 Nations). This does mean that CWL has officially passed the 1 million passenger barrier for a rolling year! This is sad news, however, hopefully this should pick back up by the end of the year.

The LFs for the first few VY rotations were  61% for BCN, 65% for ALC and 48% for AGP. However, this is expected at the start of the season with much of the traffic being one way. April will give us a better insight.


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