Aberdeen: North-east’s new link with Cardiff is launched

22.4.2009   (Press and Journal)

TRANSPORT links between the north-east and Wales were strengthened yesterday
with the launch of a direct flight between Aberdeen and Cardiff.

A return flight will depart six days a week from Aberdeen Airport for the Welsh capital. It is the ninth route provided
by Flybe and Scottish company Loganair from Aberdeen. The firms became franchise
partners in October.

The service will operate from Sunday to Friday with fares available from £44.99.

It is expected to meet growing demands from business travellers, students, tourists
and residents.

Commenting on yesterday’s launch a spokesman for the operators said he could
not reveal specific booking numbers for flights but said the two companies were
extremely pleased with business so far.

Loganair commercial director Jonathan Hinkles predicted the service would prove
popular. He said: "Journeys between south Wales and Aberdeen have, up to now,
been extremely challenging despite the strong business links between the two regions.

"We’re delighted the first non-stop Cardiff flights have already proven highly
popular with customers, judging by the strong advance bookings for the new route."

Aberdeen Airport managing director Kevin Brown added: "We are all delighted with
this new route and pleased to help offer another destination for our passengers."

The 34-seat Saab 340 is scheduled to leave Aberdeen at 1pm, arriving in Cardiff at 2.45pm. Return
flights will depart Cardiff at 3.15pm arriving in Aberdeen at 5pm.