Sunday 27th March heralds the start of the Summer 2022 season at Cardiff Airport, with the busiest summer since 2019 expected at the Welsh capital city gateway. The summer schedule, which runs until the end of October, will see Cardiff offer more than 25 routes to popular business and leisure destinations as the airport continues to rebuild its connectivity post-pandemic.
The airport will receive a major boost to its passenger figures and recovery on 8 April when ultra-low-cost airline Wizz Air UK launches its base operation to nine holiday destinations in Cyprus, Greece, Portugal and Spain. The airport’s newcomer will add to the existing comprehensive leisure route network offered by TUI, which will fly to over 20 destinations across the traditional Mediterranean hotspots as well as to the Canary Islands, Croatia, Tunisia and Turkey.
Improved global links will be available from 24 May when KLM increases flights to its Amsterdam hub from Cardiff, making it easier for passengers to connect to far-flung points like Las Vegas, New York, Toronto, Bangkok, Dubai and Aruba as well as city break and business destinations across Europe like Athens, Budapest, Copenhagen, Frankfurt, Geneva, Madrid, Prague, Rome and Venice. For anyone looking for a city break closer to home, Loganair’s six times weekly service to Edinburgh could fit the bill.
Our two other low-cost airlines Ryanair and Vueling are offering flights to six European destinations this summer. A quick-hop from Cardiff is Vueling’s Paris Orly service, and with its three times weekly operation offers an ideal schedule for a short break or a visit to Disneyland Paris. The low-cost airline, part of the same group that owns British Airways, also offers routes to Malaga, Alicante and Palma de Mallorca from the airport. Also continuing into the summer season is Ryanair’s four times weekly operation to Dublin. In addition, the Irish ultra-low-cost airline offers twice-weekly flights to Faro and Malaga from Cardiff.
“The airport and its partner organisations have been busy hiring staff again in readiness for our busiest summer for three years,” said Spencer Birns, CEO at Cardiff Airport. “There is a huge pent-up demand for air travel which has built up over the past two years during the pandemic and we’re very pleased to be able to help people living in Wales take their much-needed overseas trips.”