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Old 5th Mar 2021, 14:50
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Let others answer but from the operators quoted CWL traffic would all appear "outbound"...Apart from the massive drain on the exchequer with holidaymakers spending abroad is there any actually enrichment to Wales itself or is it just very expensive prestige?.
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Old 5th Mar 2021, 15:05
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The Prestwick of Wales?
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Old 5th Mar 2021, 15:22
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The airport still creates jobs at the airport and around it and 20% of it's traffic in 2019 was inbound from abroad.
So do you think that the Welsh government should let Cardiff Airport go bankrupt?
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Old 5th Mar 2021, 15:45
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https://www.key.aero/article/wizz-ai...0E2uglNsOggBR8
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Old 5th Mar 2021, 15:48
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"Bishops Stortford"
"Cheshire"

For people who have no vote and pay no taxes here, it's very kind of you to take the overwhelming levels of concern in the governance of our country gents.

As always, so very grateful to the people of England for telling us how to run our own affairs.

Can we get back to aviation please?

For example, key aero have an incredibly imaginative article on a "4-aircraft flypast over Newport, Cardiff and Swansea" tomorrow...

Unfortunately I can't yet post a link but it's the first thing on their page. Makes for an interesting bit of creative writing.

I wouldn't be surprised if there were some heading to Saints for scrap as they take on more Neos, and the blogger responsible for the article has gotten somewhat excited. Or we may actually be getting the Wizzair display team...
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Old 5th Mar 2021, 15:55
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Could be quite the impressive show - the weather is looking promising for such a spectacle!
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Old 5th Mar 2021, 16:11
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The article also mentions a maintenance operation starting.
Gutted I'll miss the fly past!
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Old 5th Mar 2021, 16:42
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Considering Wizz is new to CWL, youd have thought this would be the Airport Website advertising this.....seems like no one is bothered with updating this as it was last done on 3rd December !! (Checked at 17:30 05/03/2021).

This is quite an impressive thing Wizz are doing but its not being shared by CWL Management. Wakey Wakey & do some advertising to ensure people are aware of Wizz and their network.
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Old 5th Mar 2021, 16:55
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Or Wizz Air's own website - or anywhere else!
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Old 5th Mar 2021, 16:58
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Promoting a flypast would be a stupid thing to do really. There will no doubt be a load of rule breaker, nevermind if the airport advertised it themselves!
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Old 5th Mar 2021, 20:10
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I know its been mentioned before but what date is the BHD flights supposed to start?
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Old 6th Mar 2021, 13:39
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As far as flypasts go the Wizz one seems to have been a shambles, the flightpath of G-WUKL as seen on FR24 seems to have summed it up, I assume its weather issues
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Old 6th Mar 2021, 14:10
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Indeed far from a maintenance operation the a/c are all for interim storage.

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Old 6th Mar 2021, 14:13
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Seems like it was a success; all 4 in tandem over Swansea, Newport and then Cardiff.

Plenty of clear pictures on social media of them.

Maybe you spoke too soon...
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Old 6th Mar 2021, 14:22
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I am a bit "DDSM" (don't do social media) so haven't seen anything. They never really got very low, but I am glad it worked out for them
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Old 6th Mar 2021, 18:20
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They split at the start going between Swansea, Valleys and Barry with a few circles around CWL. Then all came back in to formation and flew around the Valleys and Newport, over Cardiff and back to Barry. There were a few other splits covering Swansea, Port Talbot, Valleys and Bridgend.
The height seemed to vary between 3000 and 7000ft depending on where they were. There seems to have been a huge uptake in photos posted on social media, not just by enthusiastic. Several media platforms covered it after CWL announced it.

Had it not been for lockdown restrictions, with the weather as it is, this could've been much bigger but overall still managed to capture people's attention.

Overall a pretty good PR stunt, because let's face it thats all it is. There's no new hangar or large scale maintenance being done. If anything it sounds like storage and the new maintenance contractor will be looking after them during storage. Its hardly a BAMC operation but good news all the same and some much needed parking revenue for CWL.
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Old 6th Mar 2021, 18:31
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Thats assuming they are paying for parking - with the airports recent windfall from the people of Wales, they might give this to them as a welcome bonus haha - might be the reason Wizz now using CWL for storage and to the best of my knowledge haven’t at any other time during the pandemic.
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Old 6th Mar 2021, 18:41
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That is very true and will build on the relationship. Will be interesting to see how long the aircraft stay.
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Old 6th Mar 2021, 21:37
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The aircraft flew over most of southern Wales hence the flight paths.
It's had a good response on twitter.
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Old 6th Mar 2021, 21:51
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So, the "Wales here we come" maneuver was half of their UK fleet being ferried for storage which they somehow failed to mention. I guess the airport will not have any significant revenue from this. Last year their fleet was stored in DSA for free. Don't think they would use another place now unless the conditions are the same.
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