British low-fares airline Flybe has launched its new direct route from Cardiff Airport to Dusseldorf, also marking the start of a busy summer season.
Beginning initially as a Saturday service, the flight frequency will increase to four services per week starting August 31, with fares available from £44.99 each way. Between April 25 and August 31 2015, the Flybe service will depart Cardiff at 1525 hours on Saturdays, arriving Dusseldorf at 1810; and on return will depart Dusseldorf at 1415, arriving Cardiff at 1500 hours. The route will see expanded services starting August 31, with the addition of three more services per week on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The additional services will depart Cardiff at 1015 hours arriving Dusseldorf at 1240 hours; and on return will depart Dusseldorf at 1315 hours to reach Cardiff at 1335 hours.
Debra Barber, Managing Director at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘Dusseldorf is a key business and leisure destination which also acts as an important gateway to other beautiful parts of Germany, so we’re delighted that Flybe has recognised this as an important travel link for people in Wales. In addition, the route brings with it some great potential for inbound tourism into Wales from Germany.’
Paul Simmons, Chief Commercial Officer at Flybe, commented: ‘We’re delighted to mark the start of our brand new expanded presence at Cardiff with this inaugural route to Dusseldorf today. We look forward to welcoming business and leisure passengers on board our other new routes, too, when they begin in June.’
The new Dusseldorf route is the first of the airline’s expanded 11-route network that is set to take off later this summer.
Flybe earlier announced plans to open a new base at Cardiff Airport with two of Flybe’s 118-seat Embraer 195 jet aircraft on June 2, 2015. The base will facilitate an increase in capacity and frequency on existing flights as well as eight brand new Flybe routes including those to Glasgow, Faro, Milan and Paris Charles de Gaulle. One way fares start from £24.99 including taxes and charges and available for booking at www.flybe.com.
Flybe last week announced its new summer schedule with nearly 300 flights a week from Southampton.