Cardiff Airport launches new services after Flybe withdrawal

Cardiff Airport has launched new services to Paris and Glasgow and summer routes to Jersey and Edinburgh. It follows airline Flybe's decision to withdraw its Paris and Glasgow routes from Cardiff from January 2014.

Cardiff Airport launches new flight services

by Carole Green

Cardiff Airport has launched new flight services today following airline Flybe's decision last month to pull its routes.

Newcomers CityJet will offer daily services to Paris and Glasgow and summer routes to Jersey and Edinburgh.

It is welcome news for Cardiff Airport, which is owned by the taxpayer after being bought by the Welsh Government for over £50 million.

Read more: Flybe withdraws Paris and Glasgow routes from Cardiff

Cardiff Airport boss: Flybe route changes 'unfortunate'

Cardiff Airport's chief executive Jon Horne has described airline Flybe's decision to drop its Glasgow and Paris routes from the airport as 'unfortunate'.

We are already in discussion with a number of airlines regarding the opportunity to pick up the Glasgow and Paris routes, which currently handle 46,000 and 29,000 passengers respectively per annum. Our focus is on securing an alternative carrier as soon as possible in order to avoid any break in service.

– Jon Horne, Chief Executive of Cardiff Airport

Mr Horne added that Flybe has just added four new destinations from Cardiff Airport, adding: "We will continue to work closely with Flybe and explore with them other route opportunities from Cardiff as their restructuring process continues."

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Flybe withdraws Paris and Glasgow routes from Cardiff

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The airline Flybe has announced it is withdrawing its Paris and Glasgow routes from Cardiff Airport from January.

It follows several months of bad press for the airport, which was bought by the Welsh Government earlier this year in a bid to reverse its fortunes.

Paul Simmons, Flybe's Chief Commercial Officer, said: "We have taken a long hard look at all the routes we fly from Cardiff to make sure they are what our customers really want and that they operate at the best possible times for everyone."

The airline said it will still operate its planned schedule to the two destinations to accommodate those travelling for the Six Nations’ matches in February.

It added passengers affected are being contacted and offered, where possible, an alternative Flybe flight or full refund.