Wizz Air has launched its fourth UK base in Cardiff Airport this week. The airline is offering routes to nine holiday destinations from the Welsh capital.

A new base in Wales

Cardiff Airport is welcoming the Hungarian low-cost carrier, which plans to start flights in June at the height of the summer season. With the threat of Covid receding, worldwide travel restrictions have begun to ease, and airlines are preparing for a massive influx of holiday travellers. Wizz Air is gearing up for the monster season ahead of them by offering flights from Wales to nine holiday destinations.

Wizz Air opens Welsh base
Wizz Air is offering travellers nine new holiday destinations © Wizz Air

Travellers can now book tickets for Alicante, Faro, Heraklion, Palma de Mallorca, Larnaca, Lanzarote and Tenerife, with flights to Corfu planned to start in June and Sharm El Sheik in November.  Spencer Birns, Cheif Executive Officer of Cardiff Airport, said:

“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. This is because of Wizz Air’s ultra-low fares – from as little as £12.99 one-way.”

New Job Opportunities for the Welsh people

The new base is Wizz Air’s first foray into Wales and will create 40 direct jobs in the local region. Additionally, they predict that 250 jobs will be created in the area due to the 330,000 extra passengers they’ll be bringing through Cardiff Airport. The airline is welcoming applications from both experienced cabin crew and those with no previous experience. Marion Geoffroy, managing Director of Wizz Air UK, says:

“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. By bringing our new and efficient Airbus aircraft to Cardiff, the wings of which are manufactured in Wales, we are providing a significant boost to the Welsh economy and creating jobs.

Cardiff Airport in Wales
New job prospects could come to fruition for locals © BBC

Mr Birns continues on how the Cardiff base will improve local connectivity in a part of the UK that has relatively expensive transport options for medium to long journeys.

The base, which is our fourth in the UK, will bring further connectivity to the region, with passengers in Wales and the South West of England now able to take advantage of our ultra-low fares to “fly local” to their favourite getaways. 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”.

The airline will have one Airbus A321neo based at the airport to serve the holiday routes. Earlier this month, Wizz Air announced the launch of three other new European bases in Bucharest, Tirana, and Kolozsavar.

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