European budget airline Flybe has announced a new route from Cardiff to the capital city of Rome starting March 2017.
Located in the Central Western part of the Italian Peninsula, the city of Rome has plenty of cobbled streets and side-street cafes, trendy restaurants, museums and art galleries, as well as the tourist attraction of the Vatican. The city is expected to attract both leisure and business passengers travelling from Wales’ national airport.
Departing twice a week, on Tuesday and Saturday from Cardiff Airport, flights to the Roman cultural centre are available for booking at www.flybe.com with fares starting from £24.99, one way including taxes and charges.
Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Cardiff Airport, said: ‘It’s fantastic to be able to welcome another totally new route to the Flybe network. Our Welsh customers have consistently asked for Rome to be added to our route network and we are delighted that this key service to another major capital city is now on offer from Cardiff Airport.
‘Flybe now flies to five capital cities from Wales’ national airport and we will continue to work closely with them and all of our other airline partners to offer our passengers more choice of leading destinations.’
In addition to Rome, currently available for travel between March 26 and October 28, 2017, Flybe’s initial summer schedule at Cardiff includes 12 routes with a choice of up to 53 flights a week. Other routes featured include the extension of the winter route to Geneva, operating on Saturdays, through to April 15, 2017; to Berlin on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays; to Cork on Tuesdays and Saturdays; to Dublin and Edinburgh with up to twice daily services; to Faro with four services a week on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday; to Jersey on Monday and Friday; four services a week to Milan on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday; thrice weekly service to Munich operating on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; daily service to Paris Charles de Gaulle and twice weekly service to Verona on Wednesdays and Saturdays, the airport said.
Vincent Hodder, Flybe Chief Revenue Officer, commented: ‘We are delighted be releasing this initial phase of our Summer 2017 schedule from Cardiff today. These services connect Wales to key business centres all over Europe as well as to some fantastic destinations that are ideal for short breaks or even longer summer holidays.
‘In providing a ‘One Stop to the World’, Flybe’s codeshare partners also offer regional customers extensive opportunities to enjoy seamless long haul travel. This benefits those looking for onward connections meaning there is now no need to go anywhere near the large hectic London hub airports!’
Flybe offers over 50 direct routes from Cardiff Airport with more than 900 destinations available with connections.