Cardiff spreads its wings

Air transport is one of the foundations on which the economies of cities, regions and countries grow. After it was announced that Wales was to gain its first regular scheduled long-haul flight, Andy Martin headed to Cardiff to find out how the hotly contested route was won.

CARDIFF

Thomas Cook Airlines Airbus A320- 232 LY-VEL (c/n 1998) is prepared for a holiday flight to the Mediterranean.
(Key – Andy Martin)
(Phil Woods)

There are two signs that an airport has truly found a place on the global map. The first is the network connectivity provided by a major airline, and the second is the long-haul services that enable travellers to ‘spread their wings’ across the world.

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