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Europe’s largest regional airline steps in with daily flights to London City to boost travel links between Wales and London during six week closure of Severn Tunnel

23th March 2016

Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline, has stepped in quickly with the news today (22nd March 2016) that it will operate up to four flights on weekdays, and two a day on weekends between Cardiff and London City Airports to add convenient and affordable travel options for those travelling between South Wales and SW/SE England, and being affected by the six week closure of the Severn Tunnel scheduled for 12th September - 21st October 2016.
Seats are available for booking from noon today at with one way fares from £34.99 inclusive of taxes and charges.

Dep CWL 0600  Arr LCY 0650  Dep LCY 0720  Arr CWL 820
Dep CWL 0610  Arr LCY 0700  Dep LCY 0730  Arr CWL 830
Mon – Fri
Dep CWL 0925  Arr LCY 1015  Dep LCY 1045  Arr CWL1145
Mon – Fri
Dep CWL 1400 Arr LCY 1450  Dep LCY 1520  Arr CWL 1620
Mon – Fri
Dep CWL 1850  Arr LCY 1940  Dep LCY 2010  Arr CWL 2110
Flights on Saturdays depart Cardiff and London City at 0750,1050 and 0910 and 1210 respectively: and similarly on Sundays at 1400,1740 and 1520 and 1900.
Full details of schedule at

Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s Chief Revenue Officer comments: “We have pulled out all the stops to ensure that customers wanting to travel between the two capital cities of Wales and England have the additional option of convenient and affordable travel during the period when the Severn Tunnel will be closed. Flybe champions regional air travel and we hope these additional flights will help alleviate the pressure placed on travel options to and from Wales by the loss of one of the region’s key transport links via Bristol.”

Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff Airport, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Flybe response to the news about Severn Tunnel closure. The airline’s swift offer to step in and create alternative options for Welsh businesses to travel to London by air from Cardiff at such short notice, is further evidence of the confidence they feel about growing their flights linking Wales to key British, Irish and European cities.”

This is not the first time that Flybe has stepped in following disruption to scheduled national rail services – in 2014, the airline stepped in for many months to provide additional capacity on its popular London Gatwick to Newquay service when a portion of the rail line between the UK capital and Cornwall was severely damaged at Dawlish during winter storms.


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About Flybe

Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline – 216 routes serving 10 countries from 75 departure points, 37 UK/38 European airports* (all routes on sale Mar ’16 – Oct ‘16); operates more UK domestic flights than any other airline (UK CAA Feb ’15 – Jan‘16); one of only two UK-based carriers in top 20 global airlines punctuality league table by OAG (Jan ’16) and named top UK airline for punctuality in report issued by UK consumer watchdog Which? (Dec 2014); named ‘Best Short-Haul Airline’ at the 2016 Business Travel Awards (Jan ‘16); is the largest scheduled airline by air traffic movements at Belfast City, Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, Exeter, Glasgow, Isle of Man, Jersey, Manchester, Newquay and Southampton airports (UK CAA Jan ’16); operates fleet of 75 aircraft – 52 Bombardier Q400, 9 Embraer 195, 11 E175 & 3 ATR 72s; codeshares with BA, Air France, Etihad, KLM, Finnair, Aer Lingus, Cathay Pacific and Emirates; has three franchise partners, Loganair, Stobart Air and Blue Islands making it only UK airline brand with 72% coverage of reporting airports (UK CAA Jan ’15); has own globally recognised Training Academy in Exeter with flight deck and cabin crew simulator facilities, 26 classrooms and 150-seat conference facility.

*Flown under the Flybe brand (30 routes/11 airports exclusively served by Flybe’s franchise partner, Loganair: and 3 routes and 3 airports exclusively operated by franchise partner, Stobart Air)