Iberia Express announces early release of Madrid flights from Cardiff for Champions League fans

Iberia Express has released its latest schedule of flights to Madrid from Cardiff Airport one week early for customers travelling to watch the finals of UEFA Champions League, the Airport said in a release.

The direct Cardiff – Madrid route will begin operating on Thursdays and Sundays from June 1, with the addition of an extra flight departing on June 4. With fares starting from GBP43 one way, the early release allows sports fans looking to travel to Madrid to watch the finals between Real Madrid and Juventus to combine their trip with a short holiday. A popular destination for business travellers and tourists, Madrid is famous for its art museums, good food and of course its football teams.

The new Iberia Express route will also connect customers to other Iberia Group destinations via Madrid including the Spanish cities of Alicante, Asturias, Bilbao, Gran Canaria, Granada or Seville; Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, Johannesburg, Tel Aviv, as well as Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, Santiago de Chile, Medellin, Havana, Mexico City, Miami and New York in the Americas.

Trevor Martin, Chief Commercial Officer of Iberia Express, said, ‘We are very excited to have a team from Madrid playing in the Champions League final; it’s quite an accomplishment that two Madrid teams have reached the semi-finals.

‘This route shows our commitment to the British market, and will offer connectivity from Wales to many destinations via Iberia’s extensive network in Madrid.’

Deb Barber, Chief Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport said: ‘The UEFA Champions League final is a huge event for Wales, and the arrival of Iberia Express as a new airline with a brand new service to Madrid couldn’t come at a more appropriate time. It’s great to see the airline responding to market demand by bringing the flights forward and adding an extra service too, making it even easier for fans to fly into Wales’ national airport or to fly out and enjoy the atmosphere of the game in Madrid.’

Iberia Express presently operates a total of seven routes from the United Kingdom: five to Madrid from London Gatwick, Edinburgh, Manchester, Birmingham and the new one from Cardiff, as well as routes connecting London Heathrow with Asturias and Gran Canaria. In total, Iberia Express connects the Spanish capital to different British cities with an average of 33 weekly frequencies.

UK Residents Yet To Be Stirred By London 2012 Olympics

In Britain, people are yet to be caught up in the excitement of the Olympics 2012 bandwagon, with the event competing with the upcoming UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Champions League final to be played on May 19, 2012, between England-based Chelsea, and Germany’s Bayern Munich, followed by the UEFA European Championship in Poland and Ukraine.

The findings of a new study show that excitement around the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic games is rising, but is yet to catch up with the other sporting events that are in the offing. The Keller Fay’s TalkTrack Britain study is the only ongoing research project that tracks online and offline conversations, and its findings show that only 20 percent of the UK consumers have discussed the 2012 Games during April 2012, which is a slight rise over the March 2012 figure of 18 percent.

This is in comparison with 25 to 30 percent of UK consumers who have reported discussing football league matches in April 2012.

The attention of sports fans in the UK is expected to shift to the 2012 Olympics once the football and rugby seasons close, said the research.

Steve Thomson, the managing director of Keller Fay UK, said, ‘It’s clear that excitement about London 2012 is building, but at the moment traditional sports – football especially – are hard to dislodge from getting the main attention around the nation’s kitchen and pub tables. In England, this week has started with the focus on Roy Hodgson, and it seems that until the summer itself the Olympics aren’t yet top of the agenda.’

More English Fans to Travel to Munich after Chelsea Victory

More English football fans than have tickets are expected to descend on Munich, in Germany, for the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Champions League final to be played on May 19, 2012, between Chelsea and German club, Bayern Munich, at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

TravelSupermarket, an online comparison website for travel options, has reported that online searches for flight tickets to Munich by Chelsea fans have increased dramatically, by around 3,000 percent, even though a large number of fans will not be able to obtain tickets for the match.

Chelsea football club has been officially allotted 17,500 tickets for the final, but the company report predicts that the number of British fans likely to travel will be well in excess of this number.

Bob Atkinson, a company travel expert, said, ‘In addition to the 17,000-plus fans with tickets, many thousands more will be hoping to travel to Munich in order to bag a last minute ticket. As well as this, many Chelsea fans will travel to simply be in Munich to soak up the atmosphere of the final. This year is one of those rare occasions when one of the teams in the final is from the host city, so there will be a real festival atmosphere throughout the city with lots of big screens, as well bars and restaurants showing the game.

Demand for direct flights to Munich around the time of the game are set to be at a premium, so my advice for travelling fans would be to investigate alternatives such as flights to other German and Austrian cities as well as ferries, trains and even car hire on the continent in order to make your way to Munich – you might even save yourself some money compared to the cost of flights.’

Ryanair Announces Special Service for Chelsea Fans for UEFA Champions League Final

Ryanair, the Ireland-based budget airline, has announced an addition to its service to Munich, Germany, from London Stansted Airport.

The airline is offering additional flight from London Stansted Airport to Munich for the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) Champions League final to be played on May 19, 2012, between English club, Chelsea, and German club, Bayern Munich, at the Allianz Arena in Munich.

The winner of the tournament will be playing the 2011-12 UEFA Europa League winners in the 2012 UEFA Super Cup, and will also be entering the semi-finals of the 2012 FIFA Club World Championship, as the UEFA representative.

Ryanair has responded to the massive demand for travel from Chelsea fans, and the fares are on offer from £467 return, with the special flight departing London Stansted Airport at 16:10GMT on May 18, 2012, and returning from Munich on May 20, 2012.

The airline has advised Chelsea fans to book in advance for the limited-seat flight.

The company head of communications, Stephen McNamara, said, ‘Ryanair has scheduled another extra Champions League Final flight after our reservations centre was flooded with calls from Chelsea fans eager to witness their showdown with Bayern Munich, in what will be the biggest match in the club’s history.

Ryanair’s Champions League Final flights will ensure the Blues fans reach the final and won’t be outnumbered by home supporters in Munich. Four Chelsea players will miss the final – Chelsea fans should book today on www.ryanair.com to avoid missing out too.’