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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

CityJet committed to operating flights from Cardiff

CityJet began operating flights from Cardiff Airport to Glasgow and Paris earlier this month. Credit: PA

The Chief Executive of CityJet, Christine Ourmières, says the company is committed to Cardiff Airport after the airline began operating flights from the Welsh capital and that new routes to Edinburgh and Jersey will be added from March 30th this year.

Cardiff Airport recently announced that it had secured CityJet, part of the Air France airline group, to operate the Glasgow and Paris routes and fill the breach left by Flybe. The airline started operating the routes earlier this month.

The airport was bought for £52m by the Welsh Government last year to try and safeguard the airport's future and increase passenger numbers.

Read More: New airline steps in to run Cardiff Airport routes

Cardiff-bound Flybe plane had 'minor technical fault'

Flybe has apologised to passengers, after one of its planes made an emergency landing in Paris on its way from Geneva to Cardiff Airport.

Flybe can confirm that flight BE1832 experienced a minor technical fault and diverted to Paris Orly.

A replacement aircraft has been sent and passengers are expected back into Cardiff before 2100 this evening.

Flybe would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused.

– Flybe spokesperson

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A plane en-route to Cardiff Airport has been forced to make an emergency landing in Paris.

The Flybe service, which took off in Geneva, landed unexpectedly in France shortly before 4pm today.

According to passengers on the plane there were 67 people on board the low-cost airline's flight when it landed at Paris Orly International Airport.

Among them was Luke Broadley, who was returning to the UK from a skiing holiday, and tweeted about the incident.

First Minister: New airline 'shows potential' of airport

First Minister Carwyn Jones says the news that Cardiff Airport has secured a new airline to run the Glasgow and Paris routes, which Flybe is withdrawing from in January, "clearly demonstrates the commercial attraction and strong potential" of the airport.

CityJet, part of the Air France airline group, will operate the routes from next month.

The Welsh Government bought Cardiff Airport for £52m earlier this year, aiming to turn around years of declining passenger numbers.

Read More: Welsh Government buys Cardiff Airport

This announcement is excellent news for Cardiff Airport, and clearly demonstrates the commercial attraction and strong potential of our national airport.

I am pleased that we were able to respond swiftly to the news of Flybe’s withdrawal, and in the space of just two weeks, attract a new carrier to operate routes to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Paris and Jersey.

These new routes will provide the business and leisure traveller with excellent choice and flexibility.

Together with the announcement of new routes to Germany and the Caribbean earlier this week, Cardiff Airport is proving to be a highly attractive proposition for airlines.

Our recent announcement of a £10m loan facility will help the Airport to develop and modernise, and continue to attract new carriers and open new routes.

– Carwyn Jones, First Minister

Read More: Flybe withdraws from two Cardiff Airport routes

Routes for Cardiff Airport secured

CityJet operates out of London City Airport. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Cardiff Airport says it's secured CityJet, part of the Air France airline group, to operate the Glasgow and Paris (Orly) routes and fill the breach left by Flybe.

CityJet will start serving the routes in January.

Flybe announced, earlier this month, it will be withdrawing the routes because of the reorganisation of its business.

Managers also say from the start of the summer schedule flights to Edinburgh and Jersey will be added.

Cardiff Airport’s Chief Executive, Jon Horne:

'This is fantastic news and I’m delighted CityJet has responded so quickly to pick up these vitally important routes from Cardiff Airport.'

'We’re very pleased that there will be continuity in our services to Glasgow and Paris for the tens of thousands of passengers a year for whom these routes are vital.'

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