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Europe’s largest regional airline’s announced it’s new UK base at Cardiff Airport.
11 new routes and 50 jobs will be created by Flybe this summer, with more than half a million extra seats on sale.
Two of the airline’s 118-seat Embraer 195 aircraft will be based at the Airport: the first from 1 June 2015, the second arriving on 1 September 2015.
CEO of Flybe Saad Hammad says it’s a huge investment:
“We’re really excited about this announcement because it’s an exciting portfolio of new routes and we’re creating local jobs.
“It’s great news all round.”
New roles within the airline will include flight crew and ground handling staff as part of a 10 year committment.
First Minister Carwyn Jones says it’ll help make the Airport a success:
“Flybe’s announcement that it is opening a new base operating 11 routes from Cardiff Airport is fantastic news. We’ve always said that we want the airport to be a gateway to Wales, as something that will drive our economy by bringing tourists and business to the country.”
The new network includes flights to existing routes between Cardiff and Belfast, Düsseldorf and Jersey, plus new routes between Cardiff and Cork, Dublin, Edinburgh, Faro, Glasgow, Munich, Milan and Paris.