Low-cost carrier Wizz Air has today launched its new base at Cardiff Airport with nine new routes using a single Airbus A321neo.
The new base – which is the operator’s fourth in the UK – was supposed to open in March 2021 but was delayed because of the impact of COVID-related travel restrictions.
The airline will fly year-round from the Welsh city and today (April 8) launched services to a pair of Canary Islands destinations: Tenerife and Lanzarote. Tomorrow, the low-cost carrier will add Alicante, Faro and Palma De Mallorca. Larnaca, Heraklion and Corfu will join the roster on April 10, 13 and June 16, respectively.
Sharm El Sheikh is expected to be added from November 1.
Wizz Air will be competing directly with Ryanair on the Faro route as the Irish carrier operates an identical twice-weekly service to the Portuguese city on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
The Alicante connection will see competition from Spanish low-cost operator Vueling, which plies the route five times weekly, compared to Wizz Air’s twice-weekly connection.
The airline will also see further competition from Vueling on the Palma De Mallorca link as both will fly a twice-weekly service.
Marion Geoffroy, managing director of Wizz Air UK, said: “This is a very exciting time for Wizz Air in the UK, as we celebrate the opening of our highly anticipated base at Cardiff Airport… We’ve been busy building our Cardiff team, and as we continue to recruit, we encourage those looking for their next adventure to apply today. We look forward to the upcoming summer season, as we welcome new passengers with affordable, direct flights to popular holiday destinations.”
Spencer Birns, chief executive officer, Cardiff Airport, added: “We’re delighted to welcome the opening of the Wizz Air base today, as it marks a real turning point for the airport in its post-Covid revival plans. Our customers in Wales have been asking for a more cost-effective choice for many years. What makes this launch so exciting is that Wizz Air is an ultra-low-cost airline that will help build competition and offer improved choice to people living in Wales.”
The airline has based G-WUKK (c/n 8950) at the airport. The twinjet was delivered new in August 2019.