Wales Air Forum says “It’s time to use Cardiff Airport”

Wales Air Forum are calling for the South Wales population to start using the new routes and additional capacity increases to destinations available at Cardiff Airport to boost the South Wales economy.

2012 saw a lot of negativity surrounding Cardiff Airport and it’s future however the outlook is more positive. Vueling, Thomson, Thomas Cook, Aer Lingus, Flybe, Air Malta, Atlantic Holidays have all increase capacity at Cardiff Airport for Summer 2013 and Vueling, Lufthansa, Newmarket Holidays and Prima Reisen have introduced new routes.

When watching various documentaries, news broadcasts and listening to live radio phone-ins you hear that people want to use Cardiff Airport but don’t.

Car Parking – Some say it is due to high parking fees which have been addressed almost a year ago with on-site parking via the airport’s website now being cheaper than Bristol’s. (Starting from £1.99 per day)

Prices are cheaper? – On several occasions our team have attempted to go abroad and have found that overall Cardiff Airport offers a better deal but obviously not on all occasions.  Passengers when booking do not consider the petrol cost for extended journey rather than using their local airport.  There is also the £6.20 toll for using the Severn Bridge and thinking of the extra journey time when travelling elsewhere.

The Wales Air Forum would wish that the media become more supportive of the airport by publishing all announcements on new routes and not follow these announcements with negativity which is counter productive.

Which airlines fly from Cardiff Airport and where do they fly to?

– Malta (Summer Only) – www.airmalta.com

 

– Dublin up to 3 x daily

Aer Lingus connections from Dublin

- Boston
– Chicago
– Orlando
– New York/JFK

On arrival at Dublin Airport you are able to have pre-clearance so when you arrive in the USA you are treated as a domestic passenger. Less stress & less queues. – www.aerlingus.com

Atlantic Holidays

- Madeira (12th Aug 13 & 30th Aug 13) – www.atlanticholidays.net

 

– Bulgaria (Summer Only) – www.balkanholidays.co.uk

 

Citywing – Anglesey 2 x daily (Mon-Fri) – www.citywing.com

 

– Newcastle & Aberdeen (Daily except Saturdays) – www.easternairways.com

 

– Belfast City, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey & Paris CDG up to 3 x daily

Flybe connections from Paris CDG (Codeshare with Air France)

- Geneva
– Nuremburg
– Lyon
– Prague

Flybe connections from UK

- Barra
– Islay
– Kirkwall
– Stornoway
– Sumburgh
– Tiree
– Wick (John O’Groats)

www.flybe.com

– Amsterdam 3 x daily

 

KLM Connections from Amsterdam to over 900 destinations around the world. You simply check-in your bag at Cardiff and see it at your final destination. www.klm.com

Lufthansa 1

- Dusseldorf (Summer Only) – www.lufthansa.com

 

Newmarket Holidays

- Milan (2nd Jun 13), Oporto (10th Jun 13), Genoa (21st Sep 13), Naples (28th Sep 13) – www.newmarketholidays.co.uk

 

– Thomas Cook operate to the following destinations

- Alicante
– Dalaman
– Enfidah
– Faro
– Fuerteventura
– Ibiza
– Lanzarote
– Larnaca
– Las Palmas
– Malaga
– Malta
– Mahon
– Palma de Mallorca
– Paphos
– Reus
– Rhodes
– Sharm el Sheikh
– Tenerife South
– Zakynthos

www.thomascook.com

 

– Thomson operate to the following destinations although some are seasonal.

- Alicante
– Antalya
– Bodrum
– Bourgas
– Corfu
– Heraklion
– Dalaman
– Enfidah
– Faro
– Fuerteventura
– Ibiza
– Kefalonia
– Kos
– Lanzarote
– Larnaca
– Las Palmas
– Malaga
– Malta
– Mahon
– Palma de Mallorca
– Paphos
– Reus
– Rhodes
– Sharm el Sheikh
– Tenerife South
– Zakynthos

www.thomson.co.uk

 

– Alicante, Barcelona, Malaga & Palma de Mallorca up to 4 times weekly

Vueling is a new low cost airline to Cardiff offering affordable fares to Europe. although not well-known within the UK Vueling has 70 aircraft (and growing) and is also almost 46% owned by Iberia which is now part of the International Airlines Group IAG along with British Airways.

Vueling onward connections from Barcelona

- Aalborg (AAL)- A Coruña (LCG)- Almeria (LEI)- Asturias (Oviedo) (OVD)- Athens (ATH)- Bari (BRI)- Bilbao (BIO)- Bologna (BLQ)- Bucharest (OTP)- Casablanca (CMN)- Catania (CTA)- Copenhagen (CPH)- Crete (HER)- Fez (FEZ)- Frankfurt (FRA)- Galicia (JTK)- Genoa (GOA)- Granada (GRX)- Gran Canaria (LPA)- Greek Islands (OSA)- Hanover (HAJ)- Ibiza (IBZ)- Kiev (IEV)- Kos (KGS)- Lanzarote (ACE)- Lisbon (LIS)- Lourdes (LDE)- Lyon (LYS)- Madrid (MAD)- Malta (MLA)- Marrakech (RAK)- Marseille (MRS)- Menorca (MAH)- Milan (MXP)- Moscow (DME)- Munich (MUC)- Nador (NDR)- Nantes (NTE)- Naples (NAP)- Nice (NCE)- Pamplona (PNA)- Pisa (Tuscany) (PSA)- Prague (PRG)- Rhodes (RHO)- Rome (FCO)- San Sebastian (EAS)- Santander (SDR)- Santiago (SCQ)- Santorini (JTR)- Seville (SVQ)- Sofia (SOF)- Stockholm (ARN)- St. Petersburg (LED)- Tel Aviv (TLV)- Tenerife (TCI)- Toulouse (TLS)- Valladolid (VLL)- Venice (VCE)- Vigo (VGO)- Zurich (ZRH)

www.vueling.com/EN/

Published by the Wales Air Forum


Citywing Offers Anglesey Flights For TT 2013

Citywing is delighted to announce that they are running flights to and from Anglesey during TT 2013, giving Isle of Man residents the chance to take a short break to North Wales and enabling North Wales TT fans to visit the Island and experience the races for themselves.

There will be three flights from June 3rd at prices starting from £39 including all taxes and charges, with no debit card fees.

Managing Director of Citywing, David Buck said: ‘We’re very pleased to be able to offer these flights for TT 2013, which will make it a lot easier for people in North Wales to visit the Isle of Man at this exciting time of year.  It is also a great opportunity for Island residents to visit Anglesey and explore the beautiful landscapes and attractions of North Wales.

‘As of last year, an arrangement between Cadw – the Welsh Government’s historic environment service – and Friends of Manx National Heritage was agreed, which means members can now access sites in both countries and will hopefully encourage more people to explore the two Islands throughout the year.

‘Past flights between Anglesey and the Isle of Man have always proved incredibly popular, so offering this route at this time of year is a great step forward for the Island and its tourism industry.’

Citywing has fares starting from as low as £19.95, including all taxes and charges, all year round. Visit our website www.citywing.com for full information and to keep up to date with our latest news.

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North-South airlink rebrands after management buyout deal

Manx2 planeBy Eryl Crump

A “new” airline will operate the North-South airlink from next month following a management buy-out of the present company.

Manx2.com’s management team, led by managing director David Buck, has invested a six-figure sum to buy the Manx2.com business.

As part of the changeover, the new company name Citywing will replace the existing branding.

Passengers already booked to travel with the company from Anglesey Airport to Cardiff in the New Year will not be affected.

Mr Buck assured passengers despite the changes “it is business as usual” .

He said: ‘All existing bookings with Manx2.com will be automatically and seamlessly transferred to Citywing. All flight schedules and timings remain exactly the same.

‘This is an exciting venture for the management team and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to invest in this Manx business, supported by our chairman and largest shareholder, Noel Hayes.

‘Whilst we are sad to bid farewell to the Manx2.com brand, our new logo reflects our Manx heritage and is based around a stylisation of the famous Manx Shearwater.

‘In recognition of the management buy-out and our plans to further extend the reach of our community-connecting services to other city-to-city routes outside the Isle of Man, we felt it appropriate to realign the company name to Citywing, which is of more direct relevance to our broader activities, including the Cardiff-Anglesey and Gloucester-Jersey routes.’

But the airline’s new insignia is to be modified in the wake of concerns from Ecuadorian carrier TAME over similarities to its own insignia.

The shape and colouring of the logo bears a striking resemblance to the insignia of Quito-based airline which rebranded its aircraft three years ago.

TAME chief executive Rafael Farias said the similarity is “too obvious” and that the airline is “analysing its options”.

Citywing acknowledged there are “unfortunate similarities of some elements of the design”, although it pointed out the glimpse of a second wing in its own design.

Ecuador is the habitat of the Galapagos shearwater, which is related to its Manx cousin.

Manx2 chairman Noel Hayes said he would remain as chairman of the new company but would be taking a more non-executive role, providing help and advice to the new company.

He said after more than six years at the helm it was ‘like having a child finally leave home’. He said talks with the management team over a buy-out had been going on for six months.

The company and its partners employ 50 staff on the island and carry around 100,000 passengers every year. Citywing’s first flights will be on January 2 next year.

Sourced by Daily Post


Management buy-out at Manx2.com

Manx2.com’s management team, led by Managing Director David Buck, has invested to buy the Manx2.com business with effect from 1st January 2013.

As part of the changeover, the new company name Citywing will replace the existing Manx2.com branding. The new company will still be based in the Isle of Man and staffed by Isle of Man employees, with Island resident owners and directors.

Managing Director, David Buck: ‘Firstly, we would like to assure all Manx2.com customers that it’s very much business as usual, and all existing bookings with Manx2.com will be automatically and seamlessly transferred to Citywing. All flight schedules and timings remain exactly the same.

‘This is an exciting venture for the management team and we’re delighted to have the opportunity to invest in this Manx business, supported by our Chairman and largest shareholder, Noel Hayes. We are fiercely proud of both our Manx roots and our Manx routes, and will continue to grow and develop key Isle of Man gateways including Blackpool, Belfast, Gloucester (M5) and Newcastle, supporting and promoting the Isle of Man economy wherever possible.

‘Whilst we are sad to bid farewell to the Manx2.com brand, our new logo reflects our Manx heritage and is based around a stylisation of the famous Manx Shearwater. In recognition of the management buy-out and our plans to further extend the reach of our community-connecting services to other city-to-city routes outside the Isle of Man, we felt it appropriate to realign the company name to Citywing, which is of more direct relevance to our broader activities, including the Cardiff-Anglesey and Gloucester-Jersey routes.


Manx2.com rebranded as Citywing

CitywingIsle of Man-based Manx2.com will be rebranded as Citywing from January, after a management buy-out.

Passengers already booked to travel with the company to Blackpool, Belfast, Gloucester and Newcastle in the new year will not be affected.

Managing director David Buck said: “We would like to assure all customers that it’s very much business as usual. All schedules and timings remain the same.”

Citywing will still be based in the island and staffed by Manx employees.

Sourced by BBC


Wales Air Forum says “It’s time to use Cardiff Airport”

Wales Air Forum are calling for the South Wales population to start using the routes and airlines available at Cardiff Airport before they disappear from the departure boards and become difficult to replace.  This has been proven recently by the loss of the Helvetic Airways route to Zurich for winter 2012.

Everybody is aware of the negative publicity that has been facing the airport since the beginning of the year however it is not the time to lose faith as the future can be bright for the airport but only if people start using their services now.

The South Wales economy is looking very bleak and with the falling passenger numbers along with the proportion of wealth being lower than a lot of the UK does not make Cardiff Airport and attractive option in attracting airlines.

Approximately 720,000 passengers from Wales use Bristol Airport every year and it is likely one services which are duplicated from Cardiff Airport.  It is not clear how many are lost to Birmingham, Manchester, Gatwick & Heathrow airports but one would assume it is a lot.

When watching various documentaries, news broadcasts and listening to live radio phone-ins you hear that people want to use Cardiff Airport but don’t.

Car Parking – Some say it is due to high parking fees which have been addressed almost a year ago with on-site parking via the airport’s website now being cheaper than Bristol’s. (Starting from £1.99 per day)

Prices are cheaper? – On several occasions our team have attempted to go abroad and have found that overall Cardiff Airport offers a better deal but obviously not on all occasions.  Passengers when booking do not consider the petrol cost for extended journey rather than using their local airport.  There is also the £6 toll for using the Severn Bridge and thinking of the extra journey time when travelling elsewhere.

Which airlines fly from Cardiff Airport and where do they fly to?

  – Malta (Summer Only) – www.airmalta.com

 

  – Dublin up to twice daily

Aer Lingus connections from Dublin

- Boston
– New York/JFK

On arrival at Dublin Airport you are able to have pre-clearance so when you arrive in the USA you are treated as a domestic passenger.  Less stress & less queues. – www.aerlingus.com

 

  – Bulgaria (Summer Only) – www.balkanholidays.co.uk

 

  – Newcastle & Aberdeen (Daily except Saturdays) – www.easternairways.com

 

  – Belfast City, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey & Paris CDG up to 3 x daily

Flybe connections from Paris CDG (Codeshare with Air France)

- Geneva
– Nuremburg
– Lyon
– Prague

Flybe connections from UK

- Barra
– Islay
– Kirkwall
– Stornoway
– Sumburgh
– Wick (John O’Groats)

www.flybe.com

  – Zurich – www.helvetic.com/en

 

  – Amsterdam 3 x daily

KLM Connections from Amsterdam to over 900 destinations around the world.  You simply check-in your bag at Cardiff and see it at your final destination. www.klm.com

  – Anglesey 2 x daily (Mon-Fri) – www.manx2.com

 

  – Orlando Sanford (Summer Only) – www.monarch.co.uk

 

  – Thomas Cook operate to the following destinations although some are seasonal.

- Alicante
– Antalya
– Bodrum
– Bourgas
– Heraklion
– Dalaman
– Enfidah
– Faro
– Fuerteventura
– Ibiza
– Lanzarote
– Larnaca
– Las Palmas
– Malaga
– Malta
– Mahon
– Orlando Sanford (one-off package)
– Palma de Mallorca
– Paphos
– Reus
– Rhodes
– Sharm el Sheikh
– Tenerife South
– Zakynthos

www.thomascook.com

 

  – Thomson operate to the following destinations although some are seasonal.

- Alicante
– Antalya
– Bodrum
– Bourgas
– Corfu
– Heraklion
– Dalaman
– Enfidah
– Faro
– Fuerteventura
– Ibiza
– Kefalonia
– Kos
– Lanzarote
– Larnaca
– Las Palmas
– Malaga
– Malta
– Mahon
– Palma de Mallorca
– Paphos
– Reus
– Rhodes
– Sharm el Sheikh
– Tenerife South
– Zakynthos

www.thomson.co.uk

 

  – Alicante, Barcelona & Palma de Mallorca 3 times weekly each

Vueling is a new low cost airline to Cardiff offering affordable fares to Europe.  although not well-known within the UK Vueling has 59 aircraft (and growing) and is also almost 46% owned by Iberia which is now part of the International Airlines Group IAG along with British Airways.

Vueling onward connections from Barcelona

- Athens
– Bilbao
– Bucharest
– Crete
– Dubrovnik
– Florence
– Galicia
– Geona
– Gran Canaria
– Greek Islands
– Ibiza
– La Coruna
– Lanzarote
– Lisbon
– Lyon
– Madrid
– Malaga
– Malta
– Marrakech
– Mahon
– Milan
– Moscow
– Munich
– Naples
– Nice
– Nurembourg
– Oviedo
– Palermo
– Pisa
– Prague
– Rome
– Saint Petersburg
– San Sebastian
– Santander
– Santiago
– Santorini
– Seville
– Split
– Stockholm
– Tel Aviv
– Tenerife
– Venice
– Vigo
– Zagreb
– Zurich

www.vueling.com/EN/

Published by the Wales Air Forum


Passenger plane crash-lands at Ronaldsway Airport

A passenger plane crash-landed as it flew into Ronaldsway Airport on the Isle of Man on Thursday night.

The undercarriage of the aircraft from Leeds Bradford airport collapsed and the aircraft skidded off the runway.

The 12 passengers and two crew members were unhurt in the accident, just before 18:00 GMT. The airport was closed for 50 minutes.

The Air Accident Investigation Branch is looking into the cause.

A statement from Manx2.com said: “A Jetstream 31 aircraft GCCPW operated by Links Air, on behalf of Manx2.com, suffered a problem with the right-hand undercarriage after landing.”

One passenger said on Twitter: “My Manx2 plane just crashed landing in Isle of Man. We all walked off OK.”

The statement said engineers from Links Air would also be investigating the cause.

Sourced by BBC


DIVERT: NM932 Cardiff – Anglesey

Manx2.com
NM932 Cardiff to Anglesey Dornier 228 D-IFLM
Diverted back into Cardiff due to technical issue


Wales Air Forum attends thirsty Thursday

By Clive Sedgebeer of Wales Air Forum

At a meeting I attended at the airport a few months ago I suggested that CWL should make a greater effort to engage the travel trade face to face. Although the airport was in regular with agents through e-mails and newsletters I felt that meetings in person would also give the management feedback from the trade as to what is happening in the market place. I was very pleasantly surprised a few weeks ago to find out from the trade that the airport were hosting a Thirsty Thursday evening with Travel Daily and would also be attended by relevant airlines. A week later I had a phone call from CWL management inviting me to attend to see how my suggestion had come to fruition.

When I arrived I was really pleased that the place was packed and established that over 90 agents had already signed in. What made it very special was the spread of the staff that were there, from counter clerks to branch managers from both independent and multiple agencies. There were retail agents, business house agents and ATOL agents as well.

The airlines present were Air France/KLM, Aer Lingus, Flybe, Helvetic and Manx2 and all of these gave a raffle prize of free flights from CWL. The airline staffs were senior and middle management and were very approachable.

I had discussions with all of them and informed them about Wales Air Forum and was pleasantly surprised that most of them knew that we were a good supporter of both the airport and their airlines.

I informed all of them that we would feature any publicity they wanted to promote without charge, and they all were grateful and they will be contacting their online marketing teams. I told Flybe that I had placed a private bet that they would establish a base at CWL and that being a pensioner I could not afford to lose money!! I still have a feeling that this will happen but nothing was confirmed or denied.

I also asked two of the airlines to look at the Cork route especially now with Stena pulling the fast ferry service from Fishguard and the uncertainty still hanging over the Swansea Cork Ferry with Fastnet Lines. Both of the airlines were not aware that the Stena fast ferry service had been dropped and would feed this information to their route development teams, no promises but I feel this route is worth bringing back.

I asked Flybe outright why when they promote special last minute deals on their site from numerous airports CWL is never featured and the answer was that they have no competition from CWL and to be quite honest you can’t argue with that it makes commercial sense.

So what did we gain from going? I had a very entertaining evening and made some excellent contacts. Spencer Birns was working the room very well and was supported by two CWL staff members. Patrick Duffy was not present as he was attending a C.B.I function so you can see that CWL management are putting the hours in to make the airport more successful. Beside the airline contacts I now have number of agents who will keep Wales Air Forum up to date with forward bookings, trends and any incentives being offered by tour operators to promote BRS at CWL expense, yes it does happen!

The general feeling at the end of the night was that everyone had gained from attending and that it was an exercise worth repeating and I was given the impression that it could be done on a quarterly basis and if it is I will be there to represent Wales Air Forum.

Clive Sedgebeer of Wales Air Forum


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