Posted on: 05 March 2015 by Ross McSweeny
This summer, Flybe is set to begin operations from its new base at Cardiff Airport to 11 destinations across the UK and Europe, basing two of its existing Embraer 195 aircraft there.
Flybe will offer services from Cardiff to Belfast, Cork, Dublin, Düsseldorf, Edinburgh, Faro, Glasgow, Jersey, Munich, Milan Malpensa and Paris Charles de Gaulle. The publication of full schedules – and the release of tickets for these routes – is set for 6 March.
One of the 118-seat E195s is due to arrive at Cardiff in June and the second in September 2015.
“We are delighted to launch these exciting new routes from Cardiff Airport,” commented Saad Hammad, Flybe’s CEO. “As part of Project Blackbird, we have been looking to find a productive home for our surplus E195 aircraft and we are delighted at this 10 year agreement with Cardiff Airport which involves us basing two of these jets there to serve the Welsh market with great value fares and further improving UK regional connectivity. We continue to seek solutions for the remaining seven E195 Project Blackbird aircraft.”
The new base will result in the creation of 50 jobs, including flight crew and ground handling staff.
“This latest development builds on Flybe's growing network of bases, including Aberdeen, Belfast, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Manchester and Southampton, showing the airline's commitment to improving connectivity across the UK,” Hammad added.