Flybe, the UK’s Number One Domestic Airline, is operating an additional four flights a week on its Cardiff to Belfast City route to meet the sudden shortfall of seats following the unannounced withdrawal of services on the Northern Ireland route by low cost carrier bmibaby effective February 25th.
The growing realisation that bmibaby was cancelling yet another route from Cardiff has seen Flybe inundated with increased demand for seats to and from Cardiff and Belfast in recent days as the realisation that, from late February, the carrier would no longer fly to Belfast International Airport.
Last year in March, Flybe also stepped into the rescue of yet another ex-bmibaby route from Cardiff after the airline culled its Glasgow flights from the Welsh capital; and just last week Flybe stepped in to add extra frequency to fill the gap left again by bmibaby on the key Birmingham to Glasgow route.
Mike Rutter, Flybe’s Chief Commercial Officer, says: “The news that bmibaby has cancelled its Cardiff-Belfast International service should, I suspect, not really come as a surprise.
“However, while other airlines unfortunately continue to retrench and cut yet more services, we remain committed to filling as many of these abandoned routes as possible so that business and leisure travellers can still have a wide choice of affordable and convenient options to key destinations.
“Flybe’s overriding priority is keeping Britain on the move. As our regional economies slowly climb out of recession, we understand how crucial travel is to thousands of businesses up and down the country. These two cities are playing an important role as real engines of recovery for UK plc and Flybe aims to do everything possible to help them in whatever way we can.”
Spencer Birns, Head of Air Service Development at Cardiff Airport commented: “We are thrilled that Flybe has seen the opportunity which exists in connecting Wales and Northern Ireland. The increased frequency of their Belfast City service should be of great benefit to both business and leisure travellers both sides of the water.”
Flybe will now operate up to 16 flights a week on its winter service between Cardiff and Belfast City with one way fares from £25.99 including taxes and airport charges.
Mr Rutter concludes: “Flybe looks forward to welcoming our new customers on this important route and again we reaffirm our determination to serving the people of Wales and to maintaining our proud position as Cardiff’s number one airline.”