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What Ryanair needs from Cardiff Airport to introduce more holiday destinations

Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson has revealed what would make the airline choose Cardiff Airport as a base for more holiday destinations – and it all has to do with cost. Mr Wilson spoke to WalesOnline at Funchal Airport in Madeira, where he was marking Ryanair’s new base.

In response to a question whether there were any further flights or destinations planned from Cardiff Airport, the CEO said: “UK regional airports continue to be very strong for us. We have a strong presence in Bristol. We haven’t yet had a base in Cardiff, but I’d like to think we could – I mean, I know we launched the Dublin destination there last year. – but I’d like to think we’ll grow there.

“You look at it and say, ‘Why are they in Bristol, not Cardiff? You can be sure it has to do with cost and cost just translates into lower fares which allows us to carry people so we will do our best for Cardiff.”

Currently, you can fly to Ireland’s capital, Dublin, from Cardiff Airport with Ryanair, with flights from late March to late October 2022, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. You can also fly to Malaga from Cardiff with the airline in April and May on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Mr Wilson said Cardiff had “the infrastructure, the runway facilities, all that there” and the airline had invested in the UK this year, opening a base in Newcastle and putting additional planes into airports such as Stansted, Manchester and Birmingham. Learn more here.

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