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New car hire centre included in overhaul of Cardiff Airport facilities

Cardiff AirportA new car hire centre is an integral part of a major upgrade of the facilities at Cardiff Airport. The £4 million revamp will see the gateway to South Wales get a dedicated vehicle rental facility close to the main terminal.

Enterprise, Europcar and Hertz all currently offer car hire at Cardiff Airport. Figures just released by the airport’s management show passenger numbers have increased by seven per cent over the past 12 months.

Passenger numbers will likely increase once Qatar Airways inaugurates direct Cardiff to Doha flights next year. The new car hire centre will allow the number of car hire suppliers to grow without the need for further expansion.

The upgrade at the airport will also see car parks expanded, a drop-off and pick-up zone for car park meet-and-greet services added, and significant enhancements to the passenger building. Costa Coffee is coming to both the departures and arrivals lounges while the WH Smith outlet will be enlarged.

The final improvements will see more seating installed in the departures and executive areas and security enhancements for luggage handing. Work on the various projects is scheduled to start this month and be completed before the peak summer holiday season of 2018.

Cardiff Airport CEO Debra Barber told media sources the investment would improve the whole airport experience for passengers. She noted the facilities and amenities would be state-of-the-art and in keeping with the image of an airport fit for a capital city.

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