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Old 16th Jul 2014, 16:51
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Great to see BFS have secured flights to MCO with Virgin, be it only for a few weeks, seems to be a very similar service Travel City did from CWL with their 747.

Shame CWL could not attract Virgin too, especially as they often divert into us. Then they would say they fly from England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales......
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Old 17th Jul 2014, 10:10
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Since when does any airline base new route making decisions on how many times they've diverted to an airfield?
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Old 24th Jul 2014, 21:24
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Thumbs up Vueling

Nice to see VY continuing their commitment to CWL in 2015:

ALC on sale January - June
AGP on sale January - June
BCN on sale March - June

Let's hope PMI returns thereafter, and maybe more...

Good move as people will get booking cheap fares if they want to get in early as the likes or FR & EZY over the bridge aren't on sale beyond March yet.

Well done VY, and of course CWL!
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Old 25th Jul 2014, 19:16
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Any news on what aircraft Thomson will use for it's winter service to Jamaica from CWL?
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Old 26th Jul 2014, 00:07
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Looks as if it's a 763, according to the current flight description on the Thomson website
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Old 1st Aug 2014, 00:09
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More Ryanair flights added for Rugby next March. Ryanair seem to be getting more friendly with Cardiff. Also T9 bus service has been awarded to NAT bus company. Every 20 mins summer, every 30 minutes winter
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Old 1st Aug 2014, 21:17
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Let's hope we see a few more routes from Ryanair in the coming months.....LPA, FUE and ACE be good or MLA
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Old 14th Aug 2014, 18:28
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CWL in Dublin

I note from social media that the CWL team are today in Dublin for what they say are "meetings". To me this means one of 3 things, a meeting with either EI, WX or FR. I'm personally hoping for the latter of the 3 expanding, but I guess it could be anything!

Anyone know/care to elaborate?
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Old 22nd Aug 2014, 12:44
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On 1st September and only days before the NATO summit Jon Horne is to step down as Chief Executive at Cardiff Airport.

Deb Barber the Operations Executive will step in as Interim Chief Executive.

Wales Online - Cardiff Airport Chief Executive Jon Horne to step down in September.

Wales Online - Cardiff Airport Executive Debra Barber confirmed as interim Managing Director

Is this good news or bad news for Cardiff Airport?
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Old 22nd Aug 2014, 21:40
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CWL CEO to stand down

I think that losing someone of Jon Horne's calibre can never be seen as good news, although the airport company chairman wants to use him as an adviser in the future.

His departure seems to have come out of the blue and at a time when the airport's fortunes were gradually being turned around. Naturally there will be speculation as to reasons and his comment that “There is still much work to be done, but I have agreed with the Chairman that a new perspective will be beneficial for the next stage of development and as such I have concluded my executive involvement” can be interpreted in a number of ways.

The interim managing director has a distinguished aviation record, mainly in the Royal Air Force, and I'm not sure that she has ever been number one at a civil airport but everyone with the interests of CWL at heart will obviously wish her well.
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Old 10th Sep 2014, 21:08
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FR TFS

I see that the Ryanair app shows the CWL-TFS route as 'sold out' every Thursday throughout Summer 2015...

Can only mean they have yet to load it, surely?

Let's hope there's more than TFS on offer by the time the full schedule goes on sale!
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Old 4th Oct 2014, 20:57
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I'm hearing Cityjet will either be cutting back in a big way or pulling the plug altogether on Cardiff from November.
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Old 4th Oct 2014, 21:22
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CityJet

FP

It seems that the GLA route won't operate this winter leaving EDI at 2 x daily on weekdays (daily Sat and Sun) and ORY daily, a frequency that presumably can be covered by one aircraft.
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Old 5th Oct 2014, 22:35
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Poor Cardiff. Forever seems to be one step forward, three steps backwards,
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Old 6th Oct 2014, 13:54
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What were the City Jet fares like latterly?

I know that they started off pricing competitively on the Cardiff routes, however I have noticed that on other City Jet routes prices tended to go one way, up! They are by no means a cheap airline to fly with.

One wonders whether FlyBe/Loganair would have been a better option in terms of operating the Cardiff routes (as was the original plan to Glasgow). The FlyBe advantage being that the brand is better known among the travelling public and the airline, although not low cost, is certainly lower cost.
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Old 6th Oct 2014, 14:18
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I believe that loganair/flybe would have been the better option, it was going to be operated by the d328, but that seems unlikely to happen now as NWI has 2 EDI has 1, Dundee has 1, with the other used as a spare. of course a Saab 340 could be an option, but just don't see loganair coming back to it now even if cityjet have gone
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Old 6th Oct 2014, 14:21
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I do agree that Loganair with a Saab 2000 would be the coherent replacement to Cityjet. However as a rank outside suggestion what about Eastern Airways or even Ryanair? Stranger things have happened.

Although there is scoop for replacing Cityjet here I personally feel that this route will be lost and the majority of the market will be soaked up by Easyjet and Bristol Airport.
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Old 6th Oct 2014, 14:33
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I’m also hearing from the same source that the entire Cardiff set-up is currently under review and a complete pull-out has yet to be ruled out.
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Old 6th Oct 2014, 20:03
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Loganair was not going to operate CWL-GLA; it was going to operate CWL-EDI.

In early December last year Flybe announced the withdrawal of its CWL-GLA and CWL-CDG routes from 19 January this year.

On 11 December last year Loganair announced it would take over Flybe's CWL-EDI route as the latter was going to withdraw it at the end of March.

Press Office :: Welsh route for Loganair - Loganair

CityJet then came on the scene announcing it would take over the CWL-GLA and CWL-Paris routes from January (but to ORY, not CDG) as well as CWL-EDI from the end of March and CWL-JER in summer (actually in competition with Flybe to JER which is what happened).

With Loganair this would have meant up to 6 daily flights each way between CWL and EDI. Shortly afterwards Loganair cancelled its proposed CWL-EDI route before it had begun leaving the field clear for CityJet.

Re the question about fares, anecdotal evidence in local aviation websites suggests that the CityJet fares were/are relatively high leading some people to travel to Bristol for easyJet flights (on both the EDI and GLA routes).

It does appear that possible replacements could probably only come from Eastern or Loganair, unless Flybe itself has a change of heart (unlikely I would have thought and if they did they'd surely want EDI as well and what would that do to CityJet at CWL if they were of a mind to stick around?). Ryanair's aircraft are almost certainly too large. bmi baby's smaller (than Ryanair's) 737s turned out to be too big for the route and within a year or two they had engaged Air Wales with ATR 42s to operate for them, and switched to PIK from GLA.

A real outsider might be bmi regional. They have five based aircraft at BRS with persistent rumours locally that the base there will expand possibly as soon as next year.
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Old 30th Oct 2014, 18:04
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KLM capacity boost

Just seen on twitter that KLM have announced an increase in capacity for CWL. Am guessing this is the introduction of Embraers rather than F70. Anyone got any concrete info on dates etc?
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