Ryanair to fly from Cardiff Airport again

Low-cost airline Ryanair is returning to Cardiff Airport, after an eight-year break. Tickets go on sale today for a new weekly route to Tenerife.

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Welsh Govt: 'Cardiff Airport is attractive for airlines'

The Welsh Government, which controversially bought Cardiff Airport last year for £52m after years of declining passenger numbers, says Ryanair's return "is proof that the airport is a highly attractive proposition for airlines."

This announcement is excellent news for Cardiff Airport, and clearly demonstrates potential for building the offer of low cost airlines. Ryanair is a major player in this sector so for them to introduce a route at Cardiff will help to build the profile of the airport and attract new customers.

It is also excellent news for travellers who will now have more choice and flexibility. Hopefully this will be the springboard for many more Ryanair flights from Cardiff.

This is one of several new flights operating from Cardiff since the Welsh Government bought the airport and is proof that the airport is a highly attractive proposition for airlines.

– Edwina Hart, Economy Minister

Last month, the airport announced a 9 per cent increase in passenger numbers since being taken over by the Welsh Government.

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Last year, Thomson, First Choice and Lufthansa all announced extra flights.

This January, CityJet stepped in to run services to Paris and Glasgow, after Flybe withdrew.

Cardiff Airport 'delighted' at Ryanair return

Cardiff Airport has said it is "delighted" that airline Ryanair has decided to begin flying again from the Vale of Glamorgan base, and it is "a major opportunity to increase choice for our customers."

We are delighted that Ryanair has chosen Cardiff as its 15th UK departure airport and see this as a major opportunity to increase choice for our customers.

This development fits perfectly with our strategy to grow the number of low cost airlines and flights available from Cardiff. It's great to add another major airline to our list and I'm sure this service will be a great success.

– Jon Horne, Cardiff Airport Chief Executive

Ryanair is returning to Cardiff, after withdrawing its route to Dublin in 2006.


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