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The biggest and busiest airport in Wales, serving around 1.2 million passengers, the airport is located in the Vale of Glamorgan about 12 miles away from the city center of Cardiff, the airport is owned by the Welsh Government. With HAPPYCAR you a have a number of attractive options for a Cardiff Airport hire car so that we can help make your trip as stress free as it can be. We check the prices of international and local providers so that you don’t have to check each website to provide you with the best deals on a car hire to make your money go further on a rental car that fits your specific needs. You have the options of choosing car size, pick up location and type of insurance to ensure you get the best deal on a great car hire!

Background information

It was in 1942, during the 1871 Second World War, that the airport opened as RAF Rhoose as a training center for Spitfire pilots, following the end of the war the Base fell into disuse and was abandoned. With the help of David Rees-Williams MP for Croydon south, born in Bridgend, Wales, the base was opened as a civilian airport Rhoose Airport in 1952, the first service being by Aer Lingus to Dublin, Ireland. In 1954, a new terminal building was built over the next six decades the airport grew in popularity and in 2009, its name was changed to Cardiff Airport, Maes awyr caerdydd.

Inside Cardiff Airport, you will encounter a wide variety of shops at the terminal, before and after security check. The shops vary from well-known high street shops to designer brands. Once you have passed security check you have the advantage of duty-free shopping where you can buy goods such as alcohol, tobacco and perfume. In the airport there is also an executive lounge where you can relax and in peace and enjoy free internet, comfortable seating, TV and free newspapers.


With its good road links using a hire car Cardiff Airport you can take the short journey to the Welsh capital. The city has something for every from great museums to its fantastic castle in the city center. Due to its large student population, the city has some great pubs and restaurants where you can sample some fine Welsh food and beer. Whilst in the city it is a must for any sports/rugby fan to visit the amazing Millennium Stadium, home to the Welsh rugby, take a tour or if you’re lucky enough try and watch a game.