Published on : Thursday, December 3, 2020
Wizz Air has decided to open a new base at Cardiff Airport, its fourth alongside London Luton, Gatwick and Doncaster Sheffield. The airline is set to allocate one Airbus A321 aircraft to the Welsh capital, and will also launch nine new leisure routes. As Wizz Air’s first venture into Wales, the new base represents a significant investment in Cardiff Airport and the local region by creating over 40 direct jobs and over 250 indirect jobs, supporting industries such as aviation, transportation, hospitality and tourism.
The new base will offer year-round flights from Cardiff for the first time, with connections to sun destinations including Alicante, Faro, Larnaca and Tenerife as well as seasonal routes during the summer to Corfu, Heraklion and Palma de Mallorca and routes to Lanzarote and Sharm El Sheikh during the winter season. Connecting Wales with nine popular holiday destinations will provide a boost to the local economy by increasing the annual capacity of Cardiff Airport by over 350,000 seats, as well as provide local passengers with even more affordable and exciting travel opportunities on their doorstep.
Owain Jones, Managing Director, Wizz Air U.K., said in a statement that it is an extremely exciting time for Wizz Air as the airline looks forward to increase its footprint in the U.K. even further. He stated that the creation of the fourth U.K. base at Cardiff Airport reflects Wizz Air’s continued commitment to serving the U.K. market and generating economic growth.
He also mentioned that the airline is delivering its promise of providing affordable, direct flights to exciting holiday destinations by creating local jobs and stimulating the tourism and hospitality industries. He shared with the launch of 47 new routes from the U.K. this year alone, Wizz Air is making sure that passengers can make up for lost time in creating amazing travel memories.