Flybe, the UK’s Number One domestic airline, yesterday honoured its 500,000th passenger from Cardiff Airport with a presentation to local Bridgend resident, John Marsden, who flew on the afternoon service to Edinburgh. Mr Marsden was given a certificate commemorating the historic milestone together with a bottle of champagne with which to celebrate by Flybe’s Sales Manager, Paul Willoughby.
In the short 22 months since Flybe began operations out of Cardiff, it has become the largest carrier at the airport with over a third of all scheduled departures operated by Flybe, with a choice of up to 106 flights a week on seven routes namely Aberdeen, Belfast City, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, Newcastle and Paris Charles de Gaulle.
Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, Mike Rutter, said: “We were delighted to celebrate Mr Marsden being our 500,000th passenger from Cardiff less than two years after starting services from the airport where, despite the wider economic challenges thrown at everyone last year, we were the only scheduled airline to show growth.
“We remain 100% committed in continuing to develop our regional services to and to providing the widest, most convenient and affordable travel to and from Wales.”
Spencer Birns, Cardiff Airport’s Head of Air Service Development commented: “We were delighted to welcome Flybe’s five hundred thousandth passenger through our doors yesterday and the airport was pleased to be able to celebrate this important milestone with one of our busiest airlines.
“We hope the airline will continue to expand its services from Cardiff in the future to offer even more choice of destinations and frequency for South Wales travellers from their local airport.”
Added Mr Rutter: “In extending our congratulations to Mr Marsden and hoping we made his day a memorable one, we now look forward to welcoming our one millionth passenger on board in the not too distant future!”