On-line travel is being taken to a new level by Cwlfly.com, Cardiff
International Airport’s search & book website, the airport has announced at
World Travel Market.
The Welsh airport is the world’s first to offer global booking, providing
inbound travellers with the same service as UK passengers and so supporting
the country’s tourism industry.
The first airport web site to empower visitors anywhere in the world to
search and book all its available flights, Cwlfly.com also provides both UK
and overseas visitors with the scope to book flights, hotels, car hire, and
airport car parking. Prices can initially be viewed in Sterling, US Dollars
and Euros, with more currencies coming online next year.
Cwlfly.com’s service is powered by Travelberry software with facilitation by
skybargains.com plus additional XML feeds provided by tourism organisations
According to Peter Phillips, the airport’s head of marketing and
communications: “Every regional airport in Britain is benefiting from the
growth of outbound passengers, boosted by the success of low-cost airlines.
We took the view that Cardiff International also has a responsibility to
stimulate more inbound travel, boosting the local economy. We want to play
an active part in attracting inbound tourists.”
Cardiff International Airport’s website (www.cwlfly.com) is already a major
booking engine for UK passengers booking holidays and flights to overseas
destinations. The latest additions to that site make it easy for overseas
web visitors to explore what’s on offer in Wales and the West, and book
their flights, hotels, and car-hire.
“We realised the potential for serving inbound travellers when we saw the
results of Zoom Airline’s bookings for their Toronto and Vancouver flights
from Cardiff. Half of their bookings are from North American travellers,
wanting to visit Wales and the West of England”, said Peter.
“The same is proving true for our Irish and Scottish markets.”
Cardiff International Airport’s global online “search & book” facility has
also been added to various partner websites, including regional newspapers
throughout Wales and the West of England.
From that date, online visitors to regional newspapers - including the
Western Mail, South Wales Evening Post, Bristol Evening Post, and Gloucester
Citizen - will have instant access to the new global search & book
facilities for the airport.
“We have also incorporated links and content for visitors to Wales,
providing overseas visitors with the facility to explore forthcoming events
in Wales and book accommodation, from hotels to local bed & breakfast”, said
“Cardiff International Airport is probably unique in the world in providing
this global ‘search & book’ approach. Some UK regional airports are now
issuing brochures for local people, to sell all the flights and packages
they offer: we have by-passed that option to provide both UK and overseas
customers with a one-stop online service to deliver everything they might
need”, he added.