Super Break announces new service to Seville for Welsh holidaymakers

Super Break has announced the launch of a new route from Cardiff Airport to Seville in 2018, offering Welsh holidaymakers a chance to experience the Spanish city of Andalucia, according to a release by Cardiff Airport.

The new chartered service by Super Break will be the first direct flight from Cardiff Airport to Seville, and is Super Break’s second chartered flight service from Cardiff Airport following the launch of a Northern Iceland service that went on sale earlier this year.

Starting from £629 per person, the Seville Super Break will depart on March 26, 2018. The break will include four nights’ accommodation at a four-star hotel with breakfast, one full day excursion to Jerez and Cadiz, complimentary entry to many of Seville’s key attractions, 48-hour hop-on-hop-off sightseeing bus ticket, and transfers.

Travellers can also choose to add a guided tour of Moorish Granada, or an evening of authentic flamenco and tapas.

Deb Barber, CEO of Cardiff Airport commented: ‘This exciting and unique package is the second and very welcome announcement made by the Super Break recently. It’s great to see the popular tour operator tailoring packages for our customers offered at convenient times.

The Easter break is an ideal time of year to explore and experience everything this stunning Andalusian region is known around the world for. We look forward to more exciting announcements from Super Break in future.’

Katherine Scott from Super Break added: ‘At Super Break we take pride in providing travel experiences out of the ordinary, and this new break to Andalusia means that customers can go straight to the heart of Spanish culture that is Seville and Andalusia. We’ve also made sure there are plenty of experiences included in the price so that our customers can get the most out of their tailored trip. The traditions, cuisine and culture of this beautiful region really does mean holidaymakers can have it all.’

The £629 per person price is based on five days’ in Seville, including accommodation at the four-star AC Hotel Sevilla Forum Hotel with breakfast, a full-day excursion to Jerez and Cadiz, a city sightseeing tour of Seville, plus return flights from Cardiff Airport, the airport said. Tickets are available to book at http://www.superbreak.com/, it added.

LinksAir commence new service to Cardiff from Norwich International

UK regional airline LinksAir has announced the launch of a new air service from Norwich International Airport to Cardiff, benefiting business travellers.

The new air-link between Cardiff Airport and Norwich International in East Anglia commenced on Monday, April 20, linking Cardiff, Swansea, Newport and the South Wales region and also via the onward connection, Anglesey and North Wales, to the East Anglian counties of Norfolk and Suffolk.

The return Norwich-Cardiff-Anglesey services will depart Norwich International at 2:20 PM saving significantly in time by over four-hours on existing rail or road journey times to both regions. Flights are available to book with air fares from £59.00 one-way including all taxes and charges. A special ‘launch’ fare of £99 return to Cardiff or £139 to Anglesey is available.

The East of England and its Norfolk and Suffolk coast is reportedly one of the UK’s busiest in the energy sector, especially with gas and offshore renewable developments.

LinksAir Commercial Manager, Roger Hage, added ‘We are delighted at LinksAir with the initial response to us taking over the Cardiff-Anglesey service and already carrying such increased passenger numbers. Adding the new daily weekday Norwich service will add further to the destinations available from and to Wales helping business and leisure accessibility to the East Anglia region to both North and South Wales.’

Norwich Airport Chief Executive Andrew Bell added, ‘The introduction of the Cardiff route and the new onward connection to Anglesey is another positive step in the airport’s strategy to deliver regional connectivity to both leisure and business travellers as it will not only benefit those working within the energy sector but other industries and those wishing to travel to visit friends and relatives in Wales.’

This new Norwich service was launched after the Cardiff-Anglesey Intra-Wales air service registered an increase in passenger numbers of over 45 percent for the month of March compared to 2014, with 1,145 passengers using the link to Anglesey – the highest number in a single month since June 2009.

 

Bristol Airport welcomes National Express service

Bristol Airport has announced a National Express service for transport to and from South Wales following the withdrawal of coach operator First Group.

The move ensures the continuation of the only direct public transport link between South Wales and Bristol Airport. Cheaper than its predecessor, the new 216 service set for launch on March 1 will operate between Cardiff Bus Station and Bristol Airport, offering a direct public transport link for Welsh travellers who fly from the airport.

Operating 12 times a day in each direction, the 216 service is run by South Wales-based Edwards Coaches, reaching the airport from Cardiff Bus Station in just one hour and 20 minutes – 20 minutes faster than the outgoing service. It also calls at Cardiff University and Newport Rail Station.

Robert Sinclair, Chief Executive Officer at Bristol Airport, said: ‘The launch of a National Express service to and from Cardiff brings a high profile brand to the growing range of public transport options available to passengers using Bristol Airport, providing a convenient link to our route network for people and business in South Wales. It’s fantastic to have National Express on board and help strengthen the overall customer service offer of Bristol Airport.’

National Express Service Delivery Director, Kevin Gale said: ‘We are really pleased to be taking on this route which provides such an important link between South Wales and Bristol Airport. We are particularly pleased to be able to pay tribute to the Bristol’s amazing aviation history and the pivotal part it played in bringing the world’s fastest commercial aircraft to the world by naming our service the 216. We may not be quite as fast as a Concorde but our service, which is faster than its predecessor, links Bristol Airport to Cardiff in just one hour twenty minutes, offering unbeatable convenience for passengers.’

Featuring a ‘Bristol Airport Express’ livery, the new service vehicles are fully wheelchair accessible. The service includes the usual National Express provisions, viz. power sockets, leather seats and air-conditioning.

National Express tickets are on sale, with single fares starting from £13, with a 25 per cent discount available to those who book a return ticket.

Cardiff Airport adds extra flights to winter 2014 schedule

Cardiff Airport has added extra flights to Barbados and Jamaica, as well as a special flight to visit the Northern Lights, offering holiday makers in Wales more options for their winter 2014 breaks.

Following huge demand on the existing flights, two more chartered flights have been added from Cardiff to the P&O Cruises Winter 2014 Caribbean fly-cruise schedule.

The new flights depart from Cardiff for 14 nights on December 6th and February 28th. After joining the cruise ships in Barbados passengers will visit Grenada, St Lucia, Dominica, St Kitts, St Maarten, Tortola, Curacao and Bonaire, before catching their direct flight home to Cardiff. Prices begin at £1,399.

Additionally, holiday makers will be able to join Thomson Cruises’ platinum ship, Thomson Dream, in its new home port of Montego Bay in Jamaica, directly from Cardiff. Thomson’s Winter 2014/2015 schedule offers a selection of itineraries in destinations including Mexico, Panama and Costa Rica. The 14-night Thomson cruises begin at £1,619 per person, based on two adults sharing. The first flight from Cardiff departs on December 23rd.

The Northern Lights flight departs from Cardiff on November 19th and costs GBP199.95 per person. From the plane’s vantage point above the clouds and north of the Shetland Isles, passengers will be hoping to witness the light show, which could range from a gentle glow to dramatic curtaining effects, and is one of nature’s most sought after wonders.

Jon Horne, Cardiff Airport’s chief executive, said: ‘One of our priorities is to ensure we’re offering our customers a wide variety of destinations so we’re pleased to add these very different options to those available direct from Cardiff. Our aim is to cater for everyone, whether your preferred holiday is a fortnight away in the sun or an adventure in search of something as exciting as the Northern Lights.’

Cardiff Airport invites travellers to free Holiday Market on February 16

Cardiff Airport has invited travellers and the general public to visit the free Holiday Market, being organised at the Wales’ national airport on February 16.

Held in partnership with Regal Travel, more than 40 operators including P&O Cruises, Vueling Airlines and Newmarket Holidays will be displaying their wares at the event. Regal Travel’s holiday experts will be on hand to provide free advice and take bookings. Each visitor will also be offered the chance to enter a Free Prize Draw to win a holiday.

The Holiday Market will be open from 11am to 4pm. Visitors will be given a ‘passport’ and entry to the Free Prize Draw for a chance to win a break with Red Sea Holidays. The all-inclusive holiday is for two people to the Siva Sharm Resort & Spa, a year round sunshine destination that is available from Cardiff.

Real Radio breakfast show presenters, Jagger and Woody, will be at the Holiday Market to help build the holiday mood, and the Real Patrol will be giving away goodies for everyone.

Other exhibitors include Penderyn Welsh Whiskey, the Airport’s Executive Lounge, and tax and duty-free shop, Nuance, with a selection of goods that can be bought on the day. Family entertainment will also be provided in partnership with local charity, Ty Hafan.

Visitors can also attend seminars from Red Sea Holidays, Travel Indochina, Travelsphere, Omega Holidays, APT Touring and Scenic Tours, to find out more about the specific destinations they offer.

Airport chief executive, Jon Horne, said: ‘We are very excited to host the Holiday Market for the first time at the Airport this year with Regal Travel having held successful events for many years now.

‘The new destinations and schedules available mean Cardiff Airport now offers literally something for everyone and the Holiday Market will be a great way for travellers to get some inspiration or more detail on destinations they already have in mind for their 2014 holiday plans.

‘Our passengers want more routes so that they have more options to fly from Cardiff, and this remains our focus.’

The Holiday Market follows the recent addition of new flights to Chambery, Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon, as well as the launch of new airlines including CityJet and Germanwings, plus Caribbean and Mediterranean fly cruises.

CityJet commences Glasgow-Cardiff route as Flybe cuts its service

Irish regional airline, CityJet, has commenced daily flights from Glasgow Airport to the Welsh capital, Cardiff, from today.

The introduction follows rival Flybe’s decision to abandon the route after nearly six years of service.

In preserving the 313-mile link, Dublin-based CityJet, which is owned by Air France, will launch two daily flights each weekday and a third flight every Thursday and Friday in the summer.

CityJet chief executive, Christine Ourmieres, said: ‘We hope that our new route from Glasgow to Cardiff will provide vital connections for both business and leisure passengers in Scotland. We are keen to invest in Glasgow and we hope people will take advantage of the new daily flights.

‘Cardiff has much to offer in terms of history and culture and with the Six Nations rugby tournament kicking off in February, I’m sure there will be plenty of interest generated among rugby fans.’

Paul White, business development manager at Glasgow Airport, commented: ‘It will be the first time the airline has operated from Glasgow and we were delighted with its swift decision to step in and maintain what is an important business and tourism link with the Welsh capital.’

Flybe has axed the service as part of a major review of routes in an attempt to curb losses. The Exeter-based airline said in December that its services to Paris Charles de Gaulle and Glasgow will be withdrawn from January 19, and passengers will be offered alternative flights or refunds.

However, the airline said it will continue to run planned flights to the two destinations for fans travelling to Six Nations rugby matches between February 20 and 24.

Cardiff Airport to offer new routes including long-haul cruise flights

Cardiff Airport is set to offer new routes, with Germanwings announcing a low-cost route to Dusseldorf starting Spring 2014, and luxury Caribbean tour operator Sandals launching its first Barbados flight from Wales.

Germanwings – owned by Europe’s largest airline group Lufthansa – will first take off from Cardiff for Dusseldorf on Saturday April 5, with flights departing on a weekly basis and prices starting at £75.73 or €89.99. The route is part of a strategy to bring more tourists to Wales, and the airport team has reportedly worked closely with Visit Wales, the Welsh Government tourism body, to secure it.

The two-week Sandals flight to the luxury tour operator’s newest resort in Barbados will depart on Sunday March 9. Sandals Barbados opened in 2013 and offers luxury accommodation, adventurous watersports, culture and nightlife, as well as beaches of white sand and landscaped gardens.

Additionally, P&O Cruises’ new chartered flights to Barbados from Cardiff Airport, which were launched earlier this year, have been fully sold out for January and February 2014.

The news follows Vueling’s winter programme expansion from Cardiff, with additional flights to the southern Spanish airports of Malaga and Alicante operating all year round, and Flybe’s addition of ski flights to Chambery, Lyon, Grenoble and Geneva.

Cardiff Airport Chief Executive Jon Horne said the developments are encouraging. ‘The ongoing success we have in attracting new services means the hard work of the team here is paying off. It is also encouraging that airlines and tour operators are making these commitments to Cardiff Airport and Wales and this gives us confidence that we are on track to achieve our longer term goals.’

The new services are being offered alongside other programmes to enhance the overall customer experience at the airport, with more planned improvements expected in the coming months, Cardiff Airport said.

Cardiff Airport announces improvement plans

Cardiff Airport, the international airport serving Cardiff and the rest of South, Mid and West Wales, has announced plans for a series of improvements to the terminal building, aimed at creating a better setting and enhancing the overall customer experience.

The move follows a Government loan to the Welsh government-owned airport. The improvements, which will be carried out over the winter months, are scheduled to be completed by next summer, the airport’s busiest time.

A series of initiatives are being launched, or are already underway, to improve the customer journey and raise standards in line with the services and facilities for modern international airports. The first phase of the developments to be undertaken before summer next year includes:

A new, expanded security area to accommodate new technology and more passengers, more swiftly

Installation of advanced technology in the terminal building

A new taxi booking and reception facility in arrivals

Changes to drop off and pick up areas

Refurbishment and redecoration of facilities.

Jon Horne, Cardiff Airport’s chief executive, said: ‘Progress is still about growing the number of flights and destinations and ensuring the airport is easy to get to; making the airport a more pleasant and enjoyable experience is also now in hand. We’ve listened to what the people of Wales want from their Airport and we’ve been working to deliver this and drive standards up.’

Mr Horne added: ‘One aspect our customers have asked us to improve is the process for dropping off and picking people up from the Airport. From spring 2014 with the use of new technology, it will be a lot easier- and free of charge.’

The Chairman of Cardiff Airport, Lord Rowe-Beddoe, said: ‘There is a genuine desire among business and leisure travellers alike to see Cardiff Airport grow and thrive. Importantly, we have halted the decline in passengers of previous years and achieved growth of 9 percent year-on-year during the summer. There is more to be done and we are pleased that our plans are now being implemented.’

Cardiff Airport’s flights to Spain now bookable on BritishAirways.com

Cardiff Airport has said that all flights from Cardiff operated by Vueling, the Spanish airline that is part of British Airways’ parent company, IAG, can now be booked on http://www.britishairways.com.

Cardiff Airport’s chief executive, Jon Horne, said: ‘It’s great news that passengers from Wales and the West can now access flights through the British Airways booking system, along with all the associated benefits, such as 23kg hold luggage included in the cost and the ability for BA Executive Club members to collect Avios loyalty points.’

Vueling, which has been operating from the Welsh national airport for two years, has launched the second phase of its summer 2014 programme from Cardiff and re-launched direct flights to Barcelona.

The first flight from Cardiff to Barcelona will leave on Friday, April 11, and will run every Friday and Sunday from April until October. In August, an additional flight will be operated on Wednesday to meet the demand of travellers keen to sample the attractions of the Spanish city. Flights are available on sale at www.britishairways.com and www.vueling.com, with single fares from EUR34.99.

The new flights to Barcelona-El Prat come after an increase in Vueling’s services during summer 2013, which saw the airline flying from Cardiff to Alicante, Malaga and Palma Majorca, as well as Barcelona.

Vueling has also launched its first winter programme from Cardiff, with additional flights to Malaga and Alicante, to meet the rising demand from winter sun seekers and holiday home owners travelling from Wales and the West.

‘We are delighted to be continuing to offer flights from Cardiff Airport to Barcelona, a city of art, culture and some of the most beautiful and lively beaches on the Spanish mainland’, said Jon Horne, chief executive of Cardiff Airport, ‘and it’s pleasing to see that Vueling’s passenger numbers are increasing in line with the overall upward trend we’re experiencing at the Airport.

‘We’ve been listening to what our passengers have been saying about where they want to go and at what times of the year, so we’re expecting flights with Vueling to be extremely popular. The added benefits and convenience of being able to book via the British Airways website will no doubt appeal to a lot of people too,’ he added.

Flybe to launch four new ski routes from Cardiff

British low-cost regional airline group, Flybe, will operate new ski routes to Chambery, Geneva, Grenoble and Lyon from Cardiff this winter, Travel Weekly has reported.

The flights will operate between December 21 and April 2014 with one-way fares starting at GBP34.99.

The airline will use 78-seat Q400 and 88-set Embraer 175 aircraft on the routes. Chambery will be served twice a week, while the other three destinations will be served with weekly flights on Saturdays.

The low-cost carrier currently operates flights from Cardiff to 16 destinations in the UK, Ireland, the Channel Islands and continental Europe, including Belfast City, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Paris Charles de Gaulle.

The airline’s marketing director, Simon Lilley, said: ‘Our four new direct ski routes from Cardiff offer a choice of affordable and particularly attractive ski destinations direct from Wales, saving people valuable time, money and especially the hassle of having to trek to England before they even start their journey.

‘We see these new routes as a natural addition to our network out of Cardiff airport and are confident that these attractive winter destinations can only be positive news for Wales.’

Mr. Lilley added: ‘Flybe will continue to explore all possibilities for expanding our services at Cardiff and we look forward to welcoming our first ‘Welsh snowbirds’ on board in December whether they want to hit the slopes or just simply enjoy a quiet winter getaway.’

Airport chief executive, Jon Horne, said: ‘We have been working closely with Flybe as part of our strategy to bring back a greater choice of flights and destinations to Cardiff Airport and we look forward to exploring further opportunities in this regard.’

The Welsh Government bought Cardiff Airport in March, and had pledged to make it profitable after passenger numbers declined in the recent years.