Half an hour’s drive from Wales’ capital city centre along the A4232 and A4050, Cardiff Airport is the busiest Welsh airport, with around 1.5 million passengers passing through it every year. And at FlyDays, we have it available to book for a range of flying experiences for even less than a flight to a far flung corner of the earth would set you back.
The origins of the airport date back over 70 years to the 1940s, and to World War II, when it was taken over by the Air Ministry for use as a wartime satellite aerodrome and training base for RAF Spitfire pilots, known as RAF Rhoose. After the war ended, it lay abandoned for several years.
It was Lord Ogmore in 1951 who proposed the idea of a new airport to be built on the site where RAF Rhoose had stood. The first civilian commercial flights from Cardiff happened a year later in 1952, when the Irish airline Aer Lingus flew to Dublin, Belfast and Cork from the airport.
Within 10 years, Cardiff Municipal Airport - as it was known then - was seeing a turnover exceeding 100,000 passengers a year. In 1965, the name changed to Glamorgan (Rhoose) Airport.
It returned to the name it’s now known as from the mid 1980s onwards, when the runway was extended by 229 metres, allowing for British Airways to set up a maintenance facility there which is still in operation today. As of 2016, Cardiff Airport is the 20th busiest airport in the UK.
Escape from the Norm
You can take a break from the routine of everyday life inside the cockpit of a helicopter high above Wales on one of our helicopter flight days Cardiff Airport has to offer.
Indeed, it’s the anticipation of the flying experience beforehand, and the fantastic memories afterwards, that make it a truly unforgettable occasion.
What’s more, many experiences can be shared with loved ones, friends, partners and even work colleagues, meaning everyone can enjoy an aerial adventure.
Whether you live in or around Cardiff and South Wales, or are simply visiting the area, then make time to take to the skies with FlyDays - we can assure you you won’t regret it.
We take care of everything for you so that you can relax and enjoy your flying time to the utmost. Of course, you’ll always be in safe hands, and our passionate instructors and pilots will do their best to make it a magical time.
Sky High in Wales
Hovering 1,000 feet above the ground in a helicopter is an exhilarating experience, there’s no doubting that.
In fact, the thrill of a vertical take off will leave you speechless, and that’s just the start of your time in the air. From then on, it’s an adrenaline rush all the way until you safely touch down.
FlyDays.co.uk is proud to offer you the chance to actually learn to fly a helicopter and, possibly, work towards gaining a Helicopter Pilot’s Licence.
We understand that at first, it can seem like a daunting prospect, so our expert instructors will explain everything and show you the basics before handing over the controls.
From then on, we guarantee you won’t want the experience to finish. It may even be the start of a budding career in helicopter flying.
Booking to Fly at Cardiff Airport
Booking a flying experience with FlyDays.co.uk at Cardiff Airport is incredibly easy to do. Simply choose the experience you want and either book directly onto a date or select an open gift voucher for total flexibility. It’s the perfect treat as a gift to yourself or as a surprise for someone else.