About Cardiff Airport and St Athan Enterprise Zone
The area’s 50+-year aerospace and defence heritage give this Enterprise Zone the facilities, skills, experience and local supply chain that make for a truly leading location within the UK aerospace industry.
Three distinct sites in the Zone offer a range of facilities and accommodation:
Cardiff Airport is fully within the Zone and serves passengers and freight worldwide and its 2,392m (7847 feet) runway can accommodate any aircraft, including the A380.
Over 40 direct destinations - including three European hub airports - make the site ideal not only for Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO) operations, storage and salvage businesses and cargo operations but for any business with a significant international dimension.
Together with adjoining development land, the site represents further opportunity for aerospace-related investment, while Cardiff Airport is committed to continuing to grow passenger numbers and expand routes.
St Athan Aerospace Business Park is home to state-of-the-art workshops and hangars which make up a significant part of Wales’ 20% share of the UK’s MRO market.
Just three miles from Cardiff Airport, the park has a newly resurfaced 1,800+ metre (5905 feet) runway and full airfield support. Its accommodation is fit for a range of civilian or military, not just MRO, but also manufacture, engine overhaul, NDT (non-destructive testing) and R&D.
There are hangars, workshops and other buildings which are ready to move into as well as development land available with airside access, ideal for potential MRO and associated supply chain operators complementary to British Airways Maintenance, Cardiff (BAMC), for example.
In February 2016, the St Athan site beat off competition from more than 20 worldwide locations to secure Aston Martin as its next resident. The iconic luxury car manufacturer announced its plans to take over the Superhangar to produce the new Aston Martin DBX; full production is expected to begin in 2020 with the creation of 750 new jobs and a further 1000 in the supply chain.
At the Gateway Development Zone, next to the airport, there is development land and early plans to develop an Airport City comprising high quality offices as well as education, training and leisure facilities.