Cardiff Airport prepares for busy summer season with much needed holiday destinations

Cardiff Airport has announced plans for a busy summer 2022 season, commencing Sunday, March 27.

The summer schedule, which runs until the end of October, will see more than 25 routes to popular business and leisure destinations as the airport continues to rebuild its connectivity post-pandemic.

The airport is expected to register increased passenger figures and recovery when budget airline Wizz Air UK launches its base operation on April 8 to nine holiday destinations in Cyprus, Greece, Portugal and Spain. The newly introduced carrier will add to the existing leisure route network offered by TUI, which will fly to over 20 destinations across traditional Mediterranean hotspots as well as to the Canary Islands, Croatia, Tunisia and Turkey.

The airport will enhance global connectivity from May 24 when KLM increases flights to its Amsterdam hub from Cardiff, enabling passengers to connect easily to distant adventures in places such as Las Vegas, New York, Toronto, Bangkok, Dubai and Aruba as well as city break and business destinations across Europe like Athens, Budapest, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Geneva, Madrid, Prague, Rome and Venice. For anyone looking for a city break closer to home, Loganair offers a six times weekly service to Edinburgh.

Two other low-cost airlines Ryanair and Vueling are offering flights to six European destinations this summer. Vueling’s Paris Orly service offers a quick link, and with its three times weekly operation is ideal for a short break or a visit to Disneyland Paris. The low-cost airline, part of the same group that owns British Airways, also offers routes to Malaga, Alicante and Palma de Mallorca from the airport. Meanwhile, Ryanair will be continuing its four times weekly operation to Dublin into the summer season. In addition, the Irish low-cost airline offers twice-weekly flights to Faro and Malaga from Cardiff.

‘The airport and its partner organisations have been busy hiring staff again in readiness for our busiest summer for three years,’ said Spencer Birns, CEO at Cardiff Airport. ‘There is a huge pent-up demand for air travel which has built up over the past two years during the pandemic and we’re very pleased to be able to help people living in Wales take their much-needed overseas trips.’

Vueling announces Paris flights from Cardiff for a summer getaway

Vueling has announced its summer programme from Cardiff, increasing the number of flights to Paris to three per week, following positive news on the easing of travel restrictions between the UK and France.

Cardiff Airport announced the launch of the Paris route in November 2021, and flights will continue to operate through the summer season, increasing to three a week from March. Vueling’s summer schedule is now on sale online, and customers can take advantage of up to 25 percent off flights if booked before Sunday, January 23, using the code SUMMER2022- valid on flights between June 27 and September 23.

The flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, with timings scheduled for those looking for a short break to the city of romance, to visit friends and relatives or for a family holiday to Disneyland. Passengers can also reach European cities such as Florence, Rome and Barcelona via a connection in Paris.

Spencer Birns, CEO at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘We are delighted that Vueling has increased the frequency on the Paris route for summer, enabling our customers to travel with ease from Wales to explore all that Paris has to offer. We’ve been working hard to re-instate key routes following the impact of the pandemic, and we’d like to thank Vueling for seeing the opportunity at Cardiff to operate more flights to one of our most in-demand destinations.

‘Vueling is a long-standing and valued partner of Cardiff Airport, and this year marks their 10th year of operations. We would like to thank the airline for their continued support and confidence in Cardiff Airport, and we look forward to welcoming more passengers to the airport this summer as the flying programme ramps up.’

The addition of Paris to Vueling’s summer schedule brings the number of direct routes on offer up to four. Customers can also book low-cost flights from Cardiff to Alicante, Malaga and Palma de Mallorca- all ideal destinations for those seeking a family holiday or a getaway to enjoy the Spanish sun.

Wizz Air to commence new service from Cardiff to Jersey

Wizz Air UK, the UK-registered and based airline of European airline group, has said that it is set to launch its first ever domestic service from Cardiff Airport, its newest base, with flights to Jersey.

Starting July 9, 2021, the new flights will operate twice weekly on Monday and Friday, with fares starting from £17.99. One carry-on bag in included, while the trolley bag and each piece of checked-in baggage is subject to additional fees. The price applies only to bookings made on wizzair.com and the WIZZ mobile app. Tickets are available now on wizzair.com or the airline’s app.

With a sunny climate, Jersey and the surrounding Channel Islands is an ideal getaway for UK holidaymakers. The largest of the archipelago, Jersey has beautiful sandy beaches and aquamarine waters. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the island with its cliffside walking trails, while the underground hospital complex built during WW2 is an attraction for history enthusiasts.

Owain Jones, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, said: ‘The Wizz Air UK team is working hard to ensure that summer 2021 is not cancelled, by continuing to provide low-fare flights to the destinations that our UK customers love to travel to. After an extremely challenging year we know that our customers are looking to get away for some sunshine and relaxation. Jersey has it all: uncrowded beaches, natural beauty and rich history. We are looking forward to offering Welsh customers the opportunity to explore Jersey and the surrounding Channel Islands. The Wizz Air UK crew will be welcoming passengers on board our young and green aircraft to provide the excellent onboard service we are known for.’

Spencer Birns, CEO at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘We’re delighted that Wizz Air has re-instated an in-demand service to Jersey, starting in July. The route will allow our customers to travel easily to reconnect with friends and family, and take a well-earned break to enjoy Jersey’s great beaches and warm weather. We’d like to thank Wizz Air for their continued support, and we look forward to the base opening this summer.’

Loganair announces new Scotland-Wales flight service

Loganair, the UK’s largest regional airline, has launched its new service between Edinburgh and Cardiff, starting August 2.

Flights will be operated on Loganair’s 49-seat Embraer 145 regional jets, with prices on the 1hr 25 min trip starting at £49.99 one way including taxes and charges. Tickets are now on sale, and all Loganair fares include a free checked baggage allowance.

The direct flights – five per week in each direction – represent the last major route to be restored by Loganair and other carriers, reintroducing the domestic connectivity lost when Flybe collapsed in March 2020. The flights will operate on Monday, Wednesday and Sunday. The Cardiff service adds to the eight others already flown from Edinburgh by Loganair, including Southampton, Newquay and the Isle of Man.

Kay Ryan, Loganair’s chief commercial officer, said: ‘I know many of our customers – both business and leisure – have been waiting for this service to resume, and we are very pleased to be able to add Cardiff to our Edinburgh roster.

‘Importantly, these services fill gaps left by the collapse of Flybe, with almost every lost domestic destination now being restored by Loganair and other carriers over the coming months.’

Kate Sherry, aviation director at Edinburgh Airport, said: ‘We’re excited to be reconnecting the capitals of Scotland and Wales, a route which will allow family members to reunite as well as enable people to enjoy a well-earned break in Edinburgh and Cardiff. It’s been an extremely tough period and we know people are looking forward to enjoying some time away from home, and this is further good news as the airport looks to provide those opportunities for our passengers. Loganair is a valued partner and its confidence in Edinburgh Airport is welcome now and going forward.’

Spencer Birns, CEO at Cardiff Airport said: ‘We’re pleased that Loganair has stepped in to re-establish a vital connection between Wales and Scotland with a regular Cardiff-Edinburgh service. Customers will once again be able to fly easily for business and to visit friends and family, as well as have the opportunity to travel for a well-earned city break or to explore Scotland’s beautiful scenery.

‘It is a top priority for us to re-instate routes lost as a result of the pandemic, and we are delighted that Scotland’s airline has announced this essential service for our customers, increasing regional connectivity from Wales. We look forward to working closely with the Loganair team going forward.’

Loganair has a comprehensive FlySafe protocol in place requiring all customers, unless medically exempt, to wear face coverings; social distancing through boarding and disembarkation; and additional aircraft cleaning and sanitisation between every flight. These protocols will remain in place for as long as reasonably required through public health precautions, it said.

Further, Loganair’s FlexProtect programme allows customers to change their bookings or obtain a refund, if there is a change in Government legislation or rules that affects their travel plan.

Eastern Airways to restart Cardiff-Belfast route in January

Eastern Airways is set to introduce its first ever service from Cardiff Airport to Belfast City Airport in January, as Wales regains its air service connection to Northern Ireland.

The UK-based regional airline will commence services from January 11, 2021 between the two cities, which will be the only air service linking Wales with Ireland, and is a former route operated by Flybe. The airline will operate daily weekday and a Sunday service, with fares starting from £79.99 one-way, including taxes and charges. The flights are now available to book at www.easternairways.com and include 15kg of hold baggage.

Roger Hage, General Manager Commercial & Operations for Eastern Airways, said: ‘The introduction of a Belfast City service from Cardiff is one so many have been asking for so connectivity between Wales and Northern Ireland is in-place as the appetite for travel increases. Eastern Airways is all about supporting the regions of the UK, connecting people and places, so adding further services at hubs we already serve is another crucial part in the economic recovery and prosperity of Wales and Northern Ireland.’

Spencer Birns, Interim CEO at Cardiff Airport said: ‘Today’s announcement is a hugely positive step and we are delighted that Eastern Airways has stepped in to re-instate a regular service between Cardiff and Belfast, offering vital connectivity between Wales and Northern Ireland.

‘Belfast has been one of our most in-demand routes since Flybe entered administration for both customers travelling for work, or to visit friends and family. We’d like to thank Eastern Airways for their continued confidence in regional connectivity from Cardiff.’

Katy Best, Commercial Director at Belfast City Airport, added: ‘Today’s announcement that Belfast City Airport will once again operate flights to Cardiff is not only a positive development for the airport itself, but also extremely welcome news for passengers who regularly travel to Wales..

‘Despite the challenging aviation environment of recent months, we continued exploring options to secure connectivity with the Welsh capital, and we’re very happy that our partner Eastern Airways has committed to this service.’

Vueling resumes flights to Spain from Wales

Vueling Airlines, a part of International Airlines Group (IAG), has said that it has re-started its services from Cardiff Airport for the summer 2020 season.

The Spanish airline operated its first flight to Alicante on July 16, with passengers setting off for a holiday to Costa Blanca. Customers can fly to Alicante once per week – on Thursday in July, and up to twice a week – on Monday and Thursday – throughout August.

Vueling will also be re-commencing direct services to Malaga from August 1, with 3 weekly flights every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Located on the Costa del Sol, with several resorts to choose from, Malaga offers beach-lovers the perfect summer escape with its sun-drenched coast and vibrant atmosphere.

From August 3, Vueling will resume flights to Palma de Mallorca, with two weekly flights every Monday and Thursday operated on an Airbus A321 aircraft with capacity for 220 passengers.

Spencer Birns, Chief Commercial Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘Vueling has provided our customers with regular flights to popular Spanish destinations for over 8 years, and it’s fantastic that the airline is re-starting their Cardiff flights following lockdown.

‘Celebrating the one million passenger milestone with Vueling last summer was testament to the airline’s success in the region, and we are pleased it continues to serve our customers looking to jet off to some sun, or to visit their friends and family in Spain. Furthermore, the larger aircraft used to operate the Palma de Mallorca route shows demand in Wales remains high as customers look to travel internationally once again.’

Cardiff Airport has introduced new safety measures across the Airport to help passengers travel safely and with confidence. New measures include enhanced cleaning, more hand sanitizer points, Perspex screens, asking customers to wear three-layer, non-medical face coverings, and installing clear signage and guidance throughout the terminal to ensure social distancing.

Vueling has recently announced its summer operations in Europe for the months of July and August, with a total of 240 routes and over 2,800 flights to be operated weekly. Flights are on sale now at vueling.com/en, via Vueling’s mobile app, on m.vueling.com mobile web or via local travel agents, it said.

Loganair commences new Glasgow service from Cardiff Airport

Loganair has said that it has commenced a new service between Cardiff and Glasgow on February 27, the first air connection between the two cities since October 2019.

Spencer Birns, Chief Commercial Officer at Cardiff Airport said: ‘It is fantastic to welcome Loganair’s scheduled services to Cardiff, and we are really pleased that they have taken this opportunity to bolster links between Wales and Scotland.

‘Wales has strong ties with Glasgow and the new regular service will help facilitate our passengers who need to travel for business, or for visiting friends and family.’

The new year-round service will connect the two cities, aiming at boosting business or leisure trips of different durations, including weekends, long weekends and short breaks. There is currently no direct rail service between Glasgow and Cardiff, and car journey times can take more than seven hours.

Operated on Loganair’s 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft, the route has a flight time of 1 hour and 15 minutes, and operates up to eight times a week. The launch will also help Pro14 rugby fans looking to follow their club to Scotland for matches against Glasgow Warriors.

Kay Ryan, Loganair’s Chief Commercial Officer, said: ‘We are looking forward to welcoming passengers on-board our aircraft at Cardiff Airport.

‘This is an important business route to Glasgow and Scotland’s biggest city is a great destination for shopping and nightlife. The city is home to three universities, where the student experience is considered to be one of the best in the UK.

‘Rugby fans will also be delighted with this new route launch, allowing travelling supporters to take in Pro14 clashes against the Glasgow Warriors.’

Across its network, Loganair provides 15kg of complimentary baggage allowance, in-flight refreshments and the option to join Clan Loganair – the airline’s reward programme for frequent flyers.

TUI UK launches new Sharm El Sheikh route for winter 2020 from Cardiff Airport

TUI, one of the UK’s leading holiday providers, has announced its winter 2020 programme with the reintroduction of holidays to Sharm El Sheikh.

The flight to Sharm El Sheikh from Cardiff is now on sale with weekly flights operating on a Monday, with the first flight departing on November 2, 2020. This announcement comes after TUI last month announced plans to add over 30,000 extra seats Cardiff for summer 2020.

An Egyptian city on the southern tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm El Sheikh is known for the red sea and amazing sandy beaches, high quality hotels for stay and year-round sun. Four hotels including old favourites along the beautiful Red Sea coast are now on sale, TUI said.

The Exclusive 5T TUI Magic Life Sharm El Sheikh is a favourite of customers travelling to the region year after year. Overlooking the Straits of Tiran, the Magic Life concept resort boasts a spa, fitness gym, sporting activities and professional live entertainment. The all-inclusive beach resort has three swimming pools and four restaurants offering regional and international cuisine.

The Exclusive 5T Reef Oasis Blue Bay includes a private beach, a water-park and a large outdoor infinity pool. The hotel is located near the Naama Bay with a wide choice of eating establishments, including an onsite Italian restaurant and a pub bar that serves food 24 hours a day.

TUI UK&I’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer, said: ‘Earlier this month TUI announced its winter 2020 and summer 2021 holiday programme which has since expanded with more destinations and added flights. We are delighted that the additional flights provide holidaymakers departing from our regional airports with even more choice when deciding where to go away. With additional flying capacity and more than 1,000 hotels already on sale for summer 2021 it gives those planning ahead the opportunity to choose the most suitable airport, destination and hotel.

‘The customer is at the heart of everything we do and this additional growth to Sharm El Sheikh from Cardiff demonstrates our continued commitment for people to discover their smile with us.’

Spencer Birns, Chief Commercial Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘We are very pleased TUI has decided to bring Sharm El Sheikh back as a destination for customers in Wales. Our passengers love going to this part of Egypt and by TUI adding to the 25 holiday destinations served with direct flights from Cardiff, we are sure it will once again prove to be very popular.’

Flybe introduces Sunday flight to Newcastle and Aberdeen from Cardiff

Flybe is set to introduce Sunday services between Newcastle – Cardiff and Aberdeen – Cardiff operated by its franchise partner, Eastern Airways, to complement the weekday flights already operated.

The additional services will commence on January 12, 2020. Fares start from GBP99 one way, including taxes and charges and Sunday services are available now to book at flybe.com.

The news follows Flybe’s recent announcement that it will operate flights to London Southend from Newcastle Airport for summer 2020 and increase services on its Newcastle – Southampton route.

Roger Hage, Eastern Airways’ General Manager Commercial and Operations, said: ‘By adding Sunday services, these flights will not only appeal to business travellers heading to Newcastle or Aberdeen in advance of Monday, but also leisure passengers taking advantage of short breaks or sporting events in both vibrant regions. These additional services also complement our Cardiff – Anglesey service and Flybe’s Cardiff network.’

Deb Bowen Rees, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport, added: ‘This is a great addition to the network operated by the Flybe and Eastern Airways franchise partnership. Connectivity within the UK is key, and it’s fantastic to see even more choice being added for our customers, so they can enjoy weekend travel and explore fantastic destinations on their doorstep.’

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development for Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘It is great to see further investment from Flybe as they enhance their Cardiff schedule, giving flexibility for our passengers and extra choice around the weekend.’

Passengers on board Eastern Airways operated flights are offered a full range of complimentary drinks and snacks. Regular customers can also benefit from discounted route passes offering savings of up to 40 percent.

Eastern Airways has been providing scheduled services from Cardiff Airport since 2006, and also operates twice daily weekday flights from Cardiff to Anglesey.

TUI expands capacity for summer 2020 from Cardiff, Newcastle and Birmingham airport

TUI, the UK’s largest holiday company, has announced its holiday programme for summer 2020 with the addition of 30,000 seats from Cardiff Airport, 98,000 seats from Newcastle Airport and 194,000 seats from Birmingham Airport.

TUI UK&I’s Director of Aviation Planning, Karen Switzer, said: ‘Earlier this month TUI announced an additional two million seats to many holiday destination favourites and today the majority of these seats go on sale for summer 2020. We are delighted that our new additions launched today provide holidaymakers departing from our regional airports with even more choice when deciding where to go next summer on holiday. The customer is at the heart of everything we do and this additional growth to some of our customer’s favourite holiday hotspots demonstrates our continued commitment for people to discover their smile with us.’

TUI said that it will introduce new 10 and 11 night holidays to mid-haul hot spots Antalya, Turkey and Gran Canaria in the Canaries. Cardiff Airport will also see additional flying days to Dalaman, Turkey and Tenerife in the Canaries.

Spencer Birns, Chief Commercial Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘We want to thank TUI for recognising the opportunity to add an extra 15,000 holidays from Cardiff next summer. The news demonstrates TUI’s commitment to delivering even more choice for Welsh customers in addition to this year’s passenger growth at our national Airport.’

At Newcastle, TUI has added new destinations including Santorini and Skiathos in Greece, and Hurghada in Egypt. The new routes are on sale with Santorini flights operating on Tuesdays, Hurghada on Fridays and Skiathos on Wednesdays. TUI will also introduce new 10 and 11 night holidays to mid-haul hotspot Antalya in Turkey, increased frequency to Dalaman in Turkey on Mondays as well as additional flying days to Orlando Sanford, Florida; Tenerife, Canaries; Palma, Spain and Larnaca, Cyprus.

Leon McQuaid, Head of Aviation Development at Newcastle International Airport, said: ‘We have received countless requests for services to be restored to Hurghada, Skiathos and Santorini, so we are extremely pleased that TUI is putting these routes on sale for summer 2020.’

As well as the three new routes, TUI has also added more flying days to some of its existing destinations including additional direct flights to Florida on its state-of-the-art Dreamliner.

At Birmingham, TUI has added new destinations including Almeria in Spain and Split in Croatia, with Almeria flights operating on Sundays and Split on Fridays. TUI has added 16 additional flying days across 11 of its current destinations from Birmingham Airport, including to Antalya, Tenerife and Rhodes. The summer 2020 programme will also see an increase in the frequency of flights operating to Ibiza and Palma in Spain and Mahon in Menorca.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director from Birmingham Airport, said: ‘We are delighted that TUI has added even more capacity and two new routes to its portfolio from Birmingham Airport during summer 2020. These new routes by TUI means that Midlanders have over 40 direct destinations to choose from with the UK’s largest holiday company.’