Flybe’s new base at Cardiff Airport officially opened on 1 June 2015, with passengers boarding inaugural flights to Edinburgh, Paris and Dublin as part of an extended 12 route network that also includes new routes to Cork, Chambery, Faro, Glasgow, Munich, and Milan.
As part of its new two aircraft base, Europe’s largest regional airline will also improve frequency and capacity on existing routes to Belfast City, Dusseldorf, Jersey and on its 2015-16 Winter flights to Geneva. The first of two 118-seat Embraer 195 aircraft jets into Cardiff today to begin operations, while the second will follow on 1 September 2015. The 10- year agreement between Flybe and Cardiff Airport brings half a million extra seats for sale each year and has created 50 new jobs, including flight crew.
Flights, which have been on sale since March, have proved popular already with passengers not only because of the expanded choice of destinations but also with affordable.
Debra Barber, Managing Director at Cardiff Airport, said: “We have undergone a significant period of investment over the last few years to offer customers a better flying experience than ever before – and now we are thrilled to start flying to a range of new destinations too. The fact that Flybe will base two of its Embraer 195 aircraft here is testament to its commitment to Cardiff, and we are delighted to see 50 new jobs also created as a result of the partnership.”
“Flybe CEO, Saad Hammad, said: "The opening of our new Cardiff base today is a proud moment for us and marks yet another important milestone for Flybe. It enhances and extends our already established presence here at the national airport for Wales. We are very pleased to have the opportunity to grow and expand further the choice of routes available to those choosing to fly from Cardiff. Having such choices to travel to and from local regional airports is something we at Flybe consider a necessity, not a luxury. We look forward to all the 11 routes we are offering this summer being supported by many new customers, and we look forward to welcoming them on board in the coming months.“