Cardiff Airport will continue to operate during the local lockdown in the Vale of Glamorgan, airport bosses have confirmed.
“As a vital part of the transport infrastructure in Wales it is essential the airport remains open for legitimate travel and air movements,” says the airport’s interim chief executive, Spencer Birns.
Local lockdown restrictions currently apply to most of south Wales, with the Welsh Government limiting travel to essential journeys only. The advisory applies to holidays, too – but only for residents of places in local lockdown. So, for example, you can travel from Shropshire (a non-lockdown area) to Cardiff Airport (which is in a lockdown area), to go on holiday. Confused? You’re not alone – Nick Trend has the latest advice.
But that’s if your flight is still running. Cardiff Airport currently has around three arrivals and departures per day, and Qatar Airways has cancelled its long-haul route between Cardiff and Doha for the winter season.
Throughout the pandemic, no British airports have been forced to close – rather, it has been the cancellation of flights that has led many to cease operating.
“For those travelling from areas not in lockdown, there are currently no legal restrictions about travelling to the airport,” says Birns. “As long as rules are obeyed when they do so.”