Airport flying high with UWIC 

19/11/2008 00:00 

 
A Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between Cardiff International Airport and the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff (UWIC) has been awarded the highest grade possible, a ‘Grade A’, by the Technology Strategy Board.

The achievement of a top 'Grade A' is exceptional and awarded to only 6-7% of the 300-350 KTP programmes that complete each year. 

The two-year project focused on the creation of a series of innovative and forward-thinking strategies to develop routes for existing and new airlines and to increase overall passenger numbers and profits.

Since the project began in 2005 Cardiff International Airport offers eight new routes which have contributed to a 15% increase in passengers and a record two million people flying from the airport in 2007.

“This KTP has worked extremely well for everyone.  The outcomes of the project have exceeded everyone's expectations.  UWIC and the Airport have developed a wider relationship which is set to grow in the future,” said Mike Snelgrove, Cardiff School of Management, UWIC.

Steve Hodgetts, Business Development and Commercial Director at Cardiff International Airport commented: “A KTP brings real benefits to an organisation if used wisely and we have seen strong results reflected in our route network and passenger figures.

“I cannot praise too highly the support we received from UWIC and the tremendous efforts of Oliver, the ‘Grade A’ is testament to the hard work and dedication of all those involved. Our business is stronger and smarter due to our involvement in this KTP. “

Oliver Jaycock, a recent graduate of UWIC recruited by Cardiff International Airport specifically to manage the KTP, commented: ”From the outset we were able to identify tangible benefits for the Airport, bringing the best advice from UWIC to the business.  Research drove understanding and influenced decisions in a way that changed the business approach.

“Integral to the project was the need to create viable, attractive business cases that demonstrated real opportunities for airlines to develop new routes and new capacity.

“Having the opportunity at the beginning of my career to work directly alongside some of the best minds in industry and education has been an experience I have relished in every sense,” he added. 

Oliver is now set to build on the legacy of the KTP having been promoted to a management position at Cardiff Airport.

Notes to Editors
Passenger traffic at Cardiff International Airport grew by five per cent to a record 2.1 million in 2007, and the airport directly supports over 1,000 jobs in South Wales. 

Cardiff International Airport is part of the TBI network, which owns, operates or provides services at 13 airports in five countries.

TBI is a company owned by abertis, (90%) the European leader in infrastructure management, present in 17 countries and three continents, and AENA (10%) the Spanish airports operator.

For further information, please contact Kristian Ball, Communications Manager on either Tel: 02920 41 7115 or 07977 569 080 or kball@uwic.ac.uk