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Cardiff to Dusseldorf service announced

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Regional airline Flybe has announced it's adding weekly flights from Cardiff to Dusseldforf to its Summer schedule

The Saturday service will start in April.

This link not only adds to the direct destinations from Cardiff, but brings with it some great potential for inbound tourism into Wales from Germany.

– Spencer Birns, Cardiff Airport Aviation Business Development Director



Average Christmas spend in Wales is almost £600

Today is the last full shopping day before Christmas, and it's also the busiest.

Figures show people in Wales plan to spend almost £600 on Christmas this year.

But around a third of us are worried about how we will afford it.

And three in ten of us will turn to credit cards to fund the festive season.

Our Business Correspondent Carole Green has been taking a look at this year's Christmas spend.

Busiest shopping day of the year expected for Welsh high streets

Today is likely to be the busiest shopping day for retailers, with consumers predicted to spend £1.3 billion on UK high streets.

That's according to Visa Europe who say shoppers are expected to spend nearly £1 million per minute.

Shoppers are expected to spend nearly £1 million a minute across the UK Credit: PA

Thousands of people are expected to descend upon Welsh city centres in a dash to grab last minute Christmas presents.

Money advice experts also say people are spending more this Christmas than ever before with the average person spending £584.

But there are concerns that many people risk falling into debt because of splashing too much cash during the festive months.

Figures from The Money Advice service show:

  • 34% are worried about how they will afford Christmas
  • 30% will turn to credit cards to fund their shopping
  • 3% will take out a pay day loan to cover the costs of Christmas

Whilst some people are spending more this Christmas, others are still struggling to make ends meet and are becoming more dependent on foodbanks.

That's the warning from foodbanks who say this time of year can be difficult with many families relying on centres for help with their groceries.

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