Irish regional airline, CityJet, has commenced daily flights from Glasgow Airport to the Welsh capital, Cardiff, from today.
The introduction follows rival Flybe’s decision to abandon the route after nearly six years of service.
In preserving the 313-mile link, Dublin-based CityJet, which is owned by Air France, will launch two daily flights each weekday and a third flight every Thursday and Friday in the summer.
CityJet chief executive, Christine Ourmieres, said: ‘We hope that our new route from Glasgow to Cardiff will provide vital connections for both business and leisure passengers in Scotland. We are keen to invest in Glasgow and we hope people will take advantage of the new daily flights.
‘Cardiff has much to offer in terms of history and culture and with the Six Nations rugby tournament kicking off in February, I’m sure there will be plenty of interest generated among rugby fans.’
Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, commented: ‘It will be the first time the airline has operated from Glasgow and we were delighted with its swift decision to step in and maintain what is an important business and tourism link with the Welsh capital.’
Flybe has axed the service as part of a major review of routes in an attempt to curb losses. The Exeter-based airline said in December that its services to Paris Charles de Gaulle and Glasgow will be withdrawn from January 19, and passengers will be offered alternative flights or refunds.
However, the airline said it will continue to run planned flights to the two destinations for fans travelling to Six Nations rugby matches between February 20 and 24.