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Cardiff International Airport (EGFF)

Submitted by: Tim Lee

Cardiff Wales (EGFF to the pilots, CWL to us airline types) is situated 15 miles west of the city, in the lovely rural county of the Vale of Glamorgan. Cardiff has become much busier in recent years - in 2003, it was the UK's fastest growing airport - and is a major base for bmibaby (737s). It is also plumb under a large hunk of Class D airspace, controlled by some of the most helpful and GA-friendly NATS (ie, proper!) controllers. If you've got any worries about coming into Class D - don't. It has to be REALLY busy before you'll get delayed or refused; a very rare event. Worst I have had is two orbits outside the zone before entry clearance was granted.

Do check the Cardiff NOTAMS. If there is a match on at the Millennium stadium (and a lot happen here), the airport has a habit of imposing PPR - and imposing it strictly. If you can't get a PPR number, please don't blame ATC. They can do nothing about it!

Coming into Cardiff is not an issue. Just one key point.... PLEASE read up the procedures before you come! The routes in (published VFR routes) can be found in Pooley's, please note they should be referred to as "Published VFR" and not "Standard VFR" - Pooley's error!

After landing, ATC will ask where you want to go - ALWAYS answer "south for the club". Going northside means mandatory handling, and consequent wallet emptying. The club in Cardiff is secure; if you intend arriving outside normal flying hours (basically, daylight, 7 days a week), please call ahead and arrange someone to meet you, otherwise, you'll be stuck on the apron all night. Hi vis jackets are mandatory now, for ALL passengers (although I have seen just one or two of groups of passengers with them, being shepherded about, and this seems ok).

Cardiff International Airport accepts genuine emergency and precautionary diversions without charge per CAA CAP 667 9.2 (c) recommendations.
  • Location: South Glamorgan, GB
  • Type: Licensed
  • PPR: No
  • Position: N51°23.80 W003°20.60
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    4 Jul 19 - JohnM Tipton - Torquay

    Flew into Cardiff from the South (out of Exeter) used the Minehead VFR route, asked for continued flight of 3000ft for the sea crossing, runway 12 was in use and we were cleared for a right base join, with a little help from the Tower (we were a little too far out, i.e. near St Athan) we were cleared to land, then to South side on taxiway Golf, once past Hold Golf you are on your own, we taxied to the parking area near Hold Hotel, where everyone is parked), you check in at Aero's who take your money, Cardiff are encouraging GA business with a very reasonable Landing fee of £17.00 (plus VAT), there's a very pleasant cafe on the first floor with outside terrace eating or ground floor beer garden: for departure you 'book out' from the telephone in Aero's, once in the aircraft obtain the ATIS call up the tower, who will give you your (VFR) route clearance, usually not above 1500 feet, request taxi, either to 'Golf' or 'Hotel' depending on runway, once airborne, you are soon passed to Radar who will get you higher as soon as possible; ATC where exemplary - Cardiff is well worth a visit

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