A closer look at Flybe and their new routes from Cardiff Airport

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Chief executive of Flybe Saad Hammad & Chair of Cardiff Airport Lord Rowe-Beddoe

On 5th March 2015 Flybe confirmed a major expansion at Cardiff Airport with new routes and announcing that the airport will become it’s newest base with two aircraft in a 10 year deal.

The first of the two based 118 seat Embraer 195 regional jets will arrive in June with the second arriving in Septemeber.

The new routes will be Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Faro, Glasgow, Milan, Munich & Paris and will add to the existing services to Belfast City and seasonal flights to Jersey, Dusseldorf & Geneva.

The chief executive of low-cost airline Flybe, Saad Hammad, said the aim was to get as quickly as possible to a desired 400,000 annual passenger level from its new routes out of Cardiff Airport.

Speaking at Cardiff Airport Mr Hammad said: “We are targeting 400,000 incremental passengers annually.”

It is understood that Flybe’s current passenger occupancy rate on its existing network is in the mid 70% range.

As for a time frame to get to the desirable 400,000 passenger mark Mr Hammad said: “That is our vision and we want to get there as quickly as possible.

“We are doing business and sun routes and importantly cities such as Paris and Dublin. So we think it is a really good combination of business and leisure, both for the local community but also to draw traffic into Wales.

“Wales is brilliant for leisure and one of the most beautiful parts of the UK. It is also great in terms of inward business investment, so I think it is a win win all round.”

On the potential for adding further new routes in the future Mr Hammad said: “Absolutely. We will see how we go to get to that occupancy and traffic flows, but the beauty of what we do is that it isn’t a finite thing and if it goes well we want to build on success.

“So the sooner that we get to the kind of volumes we are looking for the better.”

The Aircraft

Although Flybe will have two Embraer 190 aircraft based at Cardiff Airport some flights will be operate by non-based Bombardier Dash8-Q400.

Wales Air Forum will tell you a little more on the aircraft below.


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Flybe Bombardier Dash8-Q400 at Cardiff Airport Image taken by Phil Woods

Bombardier Dash8-Q400

The Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 twin-engined, medium range, turboprop aircraft produced by Bombardier Aerospace.

The aircraft is powered by two Pratt & Whitney Canada PW100 engines and carries up to 78 passengers in a 2 x 2 seat configuration.

Flybe Dash8-Q400 Seat Map


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Flybe Embraer 195 at Cardiff Airport Image taken by Phil Woods

Embraer 195

The Embraer 195 is a narrow-body medium-range twin-engined jet aircraft produced by Embraer.

The aircraft is powered by two GE CF34-10E engines and carries up to 118 passengers in a 2x 2 seat configuration.

Flybe E190 Seat Map


The Routes

Information supplied by Wales Online

Belfast

The city has been reinventing itself for sometime as a great destination for food and drink and it hosts the second biggest arts festival in the UK. The tourism figures are showing the upward trend for the Northern Irish city. Plus, all this development is being helped by the fans of Game of Thrones flocking to visit locations used in the hit show.

Belfast tourism site: visit-belfast.com

Cardiff (CWL) to Belfast City (BHD)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE282 11:40 12:55 Sa 03-Oct-15 24-Oct-15
BE282 11:40 12:55 Sa 18-Apr-15 25-Apr-15
BE282 12:35 13:50 M T W T F 30-Mar-15 23-Oct-15
BE282 14:05 15:20 M T T F 05-Mar-15 27-Mar-15
BE282 14:35 15:50 Sa 02-May-15 26-Sep-15
BE282 16:55 18:10 Su 08-Mar-15 18-Oct-15
BE282 17:15 18:30 Sa 11-Apr-15 11-Apr-15
BE282 17:20 18:35 Sa 07-Mar-15 28-Mar-15
Belfast City (BHD) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE281 10:00 11:15 Sa 07-Mar-15 24-Oct-15
BE281 10:55 12:10 M T W T F 30-Mar-15 23-Oct-15
BE281 12:25 13:40 M T T F 05-Mar-15 27-Mar-15
BE281 15:15 16:30 Su 08-Mar-15 18-Oct-15

Cork

The compact city is crammed full of great architecture and fantastic foodie options. The Venice of Ireland is built on waterways and the city centre is an island in the River Lee. Close to Cork is Kinsale, the gourmet capital of Ireland, and also nearby is the kissable Blarney Stone.

Belfast tourism site: www.discoverireland.ie

Cardiff (CWL) to Cork (ORK)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4541 06:50 07:55 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4541 13:50 14:55 Sa 06-Jun-15 29-Aug-15
BE4541 15:10 16:15 T 01-Sep-15 20-Oct-15
Cork (ORK) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4542 08:25 09:20 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4542 15:25 16:20 Sa 06-Jun-15 29-Aug-15
BE4542 16:45 17:40 T 01-Sep-15 20-Oct-15

Dublin

An easy city to navigate on foot. There is more to the city than Guinness, but a visit to the factory is a must for most visitors. Not only do you learn everything about how a pint of the black stuff, but you can enjoy a complimentary one as well. There are plenty of museums and galleries, and for family fun there is the National Aquatic Centre.

Dublin tourism site: www.visitdublin.com

Cardiff (CWL) to Dublin (DUB)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4515 06:30 07:30 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4515 07:00 08:00 M T W T F 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15
BE4517 20:10 21:10 M T W T F Su 01-Jun-15 04-Sep-15
BE4517 20:10 21:10 M T W T F 06-Sep-15 23-Oct-15
BE4517 20:40 21:40 Su 07-Jun-15 30-Aug-15
Dublin (DUB) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4516 08:00 09:05 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4516 08:30 09:35 M T W T F 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15
BE4518 21:40 22:45 M T W T F Su 06-Sep-15 23-Oct-15
BE4518 21:40 22:45 M T W T F 01-Jun-15 04-Sep-15
BE4518 22:10 23:10 Su 07-Jun-15 30-Aug-15

Düsseldorf

The German city is a must for culture lovers, with 100 galleries, 26 museums and an opera house. Dusseldorf is a great destination for shopaholics. And after all that cultural and retail therapy you can head to the old town with its 260 bars and restaurants in a half mile square area.

Dusseldorf tourism site: www.duesseldorf-tourismus.de

Cardiff (CWL) to Dusseldorf (DUS)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4533 10:15 12:40 M W F 31-Aug-15 02-Oct-15
BE7053 15:25 18:10 Sa 25-Apr-15 03-Oct-15
Dusseldorf (DUS) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4534 13:10 13:55 M W F 31-Aug-15 02-Oct-15
BE7052 14:15 15:00 Sa 25-Apr-15 03-Oct-15

Edinburgh

Flights to the Scottish capital from the Welsh capital are nothing new, but they will now be more frequent. During the annual festival the city comes alive, and a New Year’s Eve in the city should be on everyone’s list of things to do before they die. But whatever time of the year you come there is always something to see or do.

Edinburgh tourism site: www.visitscotland.com/

Cardiff (CWL) to Edinburgh (EDI)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4501 06:30 07:40 M T W T F 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15
BE4501 06:45 07:55 M T W T F Sa 01-Jun-15 29-Aug-15
BE4501 07:00 08:10 Su 06-Sep-15 18-Oct-15
BE4501 09:45 10:55 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4503 16:20 17:30 Su 06-Sep-15 18-Oct-15
BE4501 16:45 17:55 Su 07-Jun-15 30-Aug-15
BE4503 19:05 20:15 M T W T F 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15
Edinburgh (EDI) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4502 08:20 09:35 M T W T F 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15
BE4502 08:35 09:50 M T W T F Sa 01-Jun-15 29-Aug-15
BE4502 08:40 09:55 Su 06-Sep-15 18-Oct-15
BE4502 11:25 12:40 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4505 18:15 19:30 Su 06-Sep-15 18-Oct-15
BE4502 18:40 19:55 Su 07-Jun-15 30-Aug-15
BE4505 20:45 22:00 M T W T F 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15

Faro

For a bit of sun there is Portugal’s southern gem. The capital city of the Algarve region is full of beautiful architecture, marina, parks and plazas. There are plenty of beaches nearby.

Faro tourism site: www.visitportugal.com

Cardiff (CWL) to Faro (FAO)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4530 06:30 09:00 Su 07-Jun-15 18-Oct-15
BE4530 10:05 12:35 F 04-Sep-15 23-Oct-15
BE4530 13:20 15:50 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4530 13:50 16:20 T 04-Jun-15 27-Aug-15
BE4530 16:50 19:20 Sa 06-Jun-15 29-Aug-15
Faro (FAO) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4531 09:40 12:15 Su 07-Jun-15 18-Oct-15
BE4531 13:15 15:50 F 04-Sep-15 23-Oct-15
BE4531 16:30 19:05 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4531 17:05 19:40 T 04-Jun-15 27-Aug-15
BE4531 20:00 22:35 Sa 06-Jun-15 29-Aug-15

Glasgow

Since the 1980s the Scottish city has been rebuilding its reputation – becoming a European City of Culture, fa City of Architecture and Design, and Unesco City of Music. And it is the music scene that is a big draw to the city.

Glasgow tourism site: www.visitscotland.com

Cardiff (CWL) to Glasgow (GLA)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4509 10:05 11:15 M T W T 31-Aug-15 22-Oct-15
BE4509 10:20 11:30 T W T Sa 02-Jun-15 29-Aug-15
BE4509 12:45 13:55 Su 06-Sep-15 18-Oct-15
Glasgow (GLA) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4510 11:45 13:00 M T W T 31-Aug-15 22-Oct-15
BE4510 12:00 13:15 T W T Sa 02-Jun-15 29-Aug-15
BE4510 14:25 15:40 Su 06-Sep-15 18-Oct-15

Jersey

The Island is only nine miles by five, and while that makes it the biggest Channel Island it also makes it very easy to navigate. The War Tunnels are a fascinating trip, along with the castles Mont Orgueil and Elizabeth.

Jeresy tourism site: www.jersey.com

Cardiff (CWL) to Jersey (JER)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4507 10:30 11:15 M F 01-Jun-15 28-Aug-15
BE1345 11:40 12:35 Sa 02-May-15 26-Sep-15
BE4507 18:40 19:25 Sa 05-Sep-15 26-Sep-15
BE4507 20:00 20:45 Su 06-Sep-15 20-Sep-15
Jersey (JER) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4508 11:45 12:35 M F 01-Jun-15 28-Aug-15
BE1346 13:15 14:10 Sa 02-May-15 26-Sep-15
BE4508 19:55 20:45 Sa 05-Sep-15 26-Sep-15
BE4508 21:15 22:05 Su 06-Sep-15 20-Sep-15

Munich

The Bravian city has something for everyone. But a lot of people associate it with one month in particular: October. Oktoberfest brings thousands to the city, but there is far more to it than the annual beer festival, from castles and palaces, to parks and plazas.

Munich tourism site: www.muenchen.de

Cardiff (CWL) to Munich (MUC)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4537 09:50 12:45 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4537 14:10 17:05 M W T F 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15
Munich (MUC) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4538 13:15 14:15 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4538 17:35 18:35 M W T F 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15

Milan

A fashionistas playground. The Italian city all about the trendy shops and the designer clobber on offer. There is also the gothic Cathedral and La Scala Opera. Plus you can always take in a game at the San Siro.

Milan tourism site: www.tourism.milan.it

Cardiff (CWL) to Milan Malpensa (MXP)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4535 10:05 13:05 T T 01-Sep-15 22-Oct-15
BE4535 10:35 13:35 Su 06-Sep-15 18-Oct-15
BE4535 14:00 17:00 T 02-Jun-15 25-Aug-15
Milan Malpensa (MXP) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4536 13:45 14:50 T T 01-Sep-15 22-Oct-15
BE4536 14:15 15:20 Su 06-Sep-15 18-Oct-15
BE4536 17:40 18:45 T 02-Jun-15 25-Aug-15

Paris

The City of Light. The City of Love. Whatever you want to call it a great weekend destination with so much to do. Cardiff Airport has had flights to Paris for a while but the Flybe flights will add to the frequency.

Paris tourism site: en.parisinfo.com

Cardiff (CWL) to Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4512 15:00 17:20 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4512 16:20 18:40 M W F 01-Jun-15 28-Aug-15
BE4512 16:25 18:45 M T W T F Su 31-Aug-15 23-Oct-15
Paris Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Cardiff (CWL)
Flight No Dep Arr Days Dates
BE4513 15:50 16:00 Su 07-Jun-15 30-Aug-15
BE4513 18:00 18:10 Sa 05-Sep-15 24-Oct-15
BE4513 19:20 19:30 M T W T F Su 01-Sep-15 23-Oct-15
BE4513 19:20 19:30 M W F 01-Jun-15 31-Aug-15
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2 Comments on “A closer look at Flybe and their new routes from Cardiff Airport”

  1. terlga says:

    What happens to the Dusseldorf and Munich flights after October 2015?

  2. We’re assuming they wil return. Airlines schedule their flights in seasons and at the moment only the Summer flights are on sale.


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