Wizz Air is setting up a new airport base in Cardiff, ultra-low cost carrier said this morning, with plans to serve new Mediterranean routes from late March when it hopes for a rebound in holiday demand.
Wizz said it will station a single Airbus A321 in the Welsh capital serving destinations including Alicante, Faro, Larnaca and Tenerife next spring, with flights to Sharm El Sheikh and Lanzarote to follow in the winter season.
Like budget rival Ryanair, Wizz is seeking growth opportunities for a travel recovery expected to be powered by medium-haul leisure demand and fierce fare competition.
“When we get to April we’re very confident that the travelling public in South Wales will want to go on holiday,” Wizz UK Managing Director Owain Jones said.
“They will want to go to destinations they know that aren’t too challenging.”
Whilst Wizz Air selected Spain’s Alicante as a new route, they took the decision not to include the artery to the Costa del Sol via Malaga airport.
Cardiff Aviation expert Lewi Davies said: “I’m surprised they didn’t select Malaga, I asked the question and the response was that the airlines planning team felt that more Welsh travellers would prefer the likes of Benidorm than Marbella, they felt the Costa Blanca was far more popular for Welsh citizens”
Locals who live close to the airport in Wales, in the Llantrisant area agreed, seasoned traveller Ed Jones told Global247news:
“Today’s news is fantastic, will save time and money travelling to Bristol, I live in Llanharran, the airport is just 15 to 20 minutes away – I think its the right call to go to Alicante, far more choices of regional destinations, I’ve done both the Costa Blanca and the Costa del Sol many times, and it’s a good call by the airline”
Pontyclun resident June Rosier said: ” I think its fantastic news for Wales and especially our area, travelling to Bristol is a pain – I haven’t been on holiday for ages but this will give me something to look forward too, I’m glad they selected Alicante, It’s a bit snobbish down Marbella away, normal people go to Alicante region”
Lee Beames from Old Town Llantrisant was delighted as he shouted “Benidorm here we come! It’s by far the best holiday destination in Spain, I can’t wait to get back, the lads are already preparing to book up a trip, the Welsh love Benidorm and we are looking forward to sun, sand and cheap beer after all this lockdown crap!”
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