Ryanair has announced today that it will operate four flights a week between Cardiff and Dublin, once again connecting the capitals of Wales and Ireland.
Flights commence on 31st October, and will operate on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday, enabling customers to easily fly between Wales and Ireland.
This is welcome news for customers looking to reconnect with friends and relatives, business travellers, and those wanting to take a break and explore the city and Ireland’s natural beauty.
The Cardiff-Dublin route is also key for travelling sports teams and fans attending rugby, football and other fixtures in both Wales and Ireland, notably this year’s Autumn Internationals and the Six Nations Championship in 2022, with games set to take place in both Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Cardiff’s Principality Stadium.
Ryanair are also offering a ‘zero’ change fee should their travel plans change this winter, valid on flights up to 31 December 2021, enabling customers to book with confidence. To celebrate the launch, Ryanair has launched a seat sale with flights from £19.99 for travel until the end of March 2022, with offers running until 19th August.
Spencer Birns, CEO at Cardiff Airport said:
"It's brilliant news that one of Europe's leading low-cost airlines will be operating a regular service to Dublin from Cardiff. Dublin is such an important and in-demand route for business and leisure customers, travelling sports teams and fans, and of course those looking to re-connect with their friends and family.
"I'd like to thank Ryanair for their continued confidence in Cardiff Airport. It has been one of our priorities to re-instate this route, alongside other important services lost as a result of the pandemic, and we are delighted that Ryanair has stepped in to fill the demand with regular flights at great prices."
Jason McGuinness, Commercial Director at Ryanair added:
“We are pleased to confirm that our Cardiff – Dublin service will operate as part of our Wales Winter 2021/22 schedule, commencing on 31st October and flying 4 times weekly. We have worked closely with Cardiff Airport to deliver this new route, made possible by the necessary incentives to secure connectivity as airlines and airports recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Welsh consumers can now book a much-deserved city break to Ireland’s capital this Winter, flying on the lowest fares and with the option to avail of Ryanair’s zero change fee should plans change”.
This news marks the addition of another key route for Cardiff, following the resumption of flights to Edinburgh and Belfast which were re-instated earlier this year. It also brings the number of scheduled Ryanair routes from Cardiff up to four; with flights to Barcelona, Malaga and Faro operating throughout the summer months.
Cardiff Airport continues to keep safety of its customers as the number one priority, and several measures remain in place across the terminal, such as sanitizer stations, enhanced cleaning and mandatory masks, to help everyone travel safely. The Airport has also partnered with Nuffield Health to offer an on-site COVID-19 testing facility for travelling customers and the general public so that they can meet their travel requirements.