Leading German airline, Lufthansa has announced it will be commencing summer services to Cardiff from Dusseldorf starting 4th May 2013.
Wales is already a favourite destination for Germans and the flights will enable direct access to Cardiff from the largest populated region in Europe. German visitors to Wales will be able to see the best of Welsh culture and scenery and enjoy the cost effective tourism benefits of travelling on direct flights to Wales. The airline has also enabled sales that originate from Cardiff and this will allow Welsh passengers to connect with the Lufthansa network available at Dusseldorf.
Welcoming the announcement, First Minister Carwyn Jones said: "This Lufthansa service to Düsseldorf is the latest new route to be announced from Cardiff Airport and will provide a direct air link route from Wales into the heart of Europe's largest economy. The Düsseldorf region is one of the wealthiest in Europe and this new service will further open up Wales as a tourist destination to more than 20 million Germans living within an hour of the airport. The route will also provide travellers from Wales with a direct link to the Lufthansa network worldwide.
"Meanwhile, the Cardiff Airport Taskforce I have established is continuing to work to explore how the Welsh Government and the business community can support the owners of Cardiff Airport to improve the competitive position of the Airport. The development of new routes like this is key to attracting new passengers through Cardiff and assisting the Airport to realise its potential as a modern, well-connected, successful business at the heart of Wales' national infrastructure."
Speaking on the announcement Steve Hodgetts, Commercial Director at Cardiff Airport, said “This is great news that another prestigious airline company has recognised the tourism potential on offer in Wales and is prepared to work with Cardiff Airport in bringing real economic benefit to Wales. It is a great example of the sort of operation which the First Minister’s Task Force identified as a key target. We want to see this grow and be the catalyst for bringing even more tourists direct to Wales.”
“Lufthansa’s new weekend service from Cardiff to Dusseldorf is a direct response to passenger demand “, said Christian Schindler, Lufthansa General Manager UK and Ireland. “It offers people living in Wales the chance to take advantage of Lufthansa’s reputation for punctuality and efficiency from their local airport. As well as providing a direct service to Germany, we have ensured that the flight times provide excellent connections to many other destinations – particularly across Europe. Lufthansa offers minimum onward connection times through our Dusseldorf mini hub from just 35 minutes, making it a real and attractive alternative to other major hubs.
“Lufthansa offers a range of highly competitive fares for both business and leisure travellers. We will be offering return fares from Cardiff to Düsseldorf from just £99 in Economy and £659 in Business, inclusive of all taxes and charges, a generous hold and hand baggage allowance and on board food and drink.