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Glamorgan Archives
Civil Aviation, Glamorgan records

Reference code(s): GB 0214 DCAV

Held at: Glamorgan Archives

Title: Civil Aviation, Glamorgan records

Short Title: Civil Aviation, Glamorgan records

Creation date(s): 1970-1989

Level of description: Fonds

Extent: 1.44 cubic metres (265 vols and 5 files)

Name of creator(s): Glamorgan (Rhoose) Airport; Cardiff, Wales Airport


Administrative/Biographical history: The history of Cardiff Airport (Glamorgan) extends back to the early 1940s when land was requisitioned in the Vale of Glamorgan by the air ministry to set up a wartime satellite aerodrome and training base for RAF spitfire pilots. When the commercial potential of the runway was recognised in the early 1950s, control of the airport was transferred to Glamorgan County Council. With the first transatlantic flight in 1971, further investment led to the development of the current terminal building and control tower. The growth in the popularity of charter traffic to the Mediterranean saw passenger levels rise to 250,000 in the early 1980s. The early 1990s saw a significant boost to the airport's scheduled services when Manx Airlines established their European Air Route Hub at Cardiff, offering daily services to key business destinations within Europe and the UK. Consequently scheduled passenger levels exceeded 100,000 for the first time in a single year. The former mineral railway running from Cardiff through Barry to Bridgend now (2005) gives access to the airport.


Scope and content/abstract: Records of Civil Aviation, 1970-1989, including: aircraft movement log books, 1970-1989 (with gaps); I.C.A.O. publications, 1972-1974.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement: Arranged according to date and type

Conditions governing access: Records are closed for 30 years.

Conditions governing reproduction: Normal Glamorgan Record Office conditions apply

Finding aids: A detailed catalogue is available at Glamorgan Archives


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records which meet the collection policy of the Glamorgan Record Office have been retained.

Accruals: Accruals are possible.

Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition: Deposited by the Civil Aviation Authority at various dates.



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds. These records are former public records, deposited under Section 3(6)of the Public Records Act, 1958.

Archivist's note: Compiled by Hayden Burns for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Glamorgan Record Office, Catalogue of records for Civil Aviation; Cardiff Airport website (, viewed 10 December 2003.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of descriptions: December 2003

Aeronautics, Commercial | Wales | Rhoose, Cardiff
Aviation | Wales | Rhoose, Cardiff

Personal names

Corporate names
Cardiff International Airport
Cardiff-Wales Airport
Glamorgan (Rhoose) Airport

Cardiff (Wales)
Glamorgan (Wales)

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