Budget airline WIZZ AIR is ending all flights both in and of Cardiff Airport, less than 12 months after opening. Back in April last year the airline said they aimed to create 40 jobs directly and 250 indirectly
The airline had already suspended it’s winter flights over running costs, they now say the economic climate is the reason for ending all flights at Cardiff.
The airline’s two remaining winter routes to Milan and Bucharest will cease to operate from 25th January.
The airline said those customers affected could have either a 120% refund in airline credit, a 100% cash refund or another flight from one of its other bases.
Customers who have booked with the airline have been encouraged to rebook with an alternative operator at Cardiff airport.
All Cardiff staff will be offered redeployment opportunities at Wizz Air in either London Gatwick or London Luton.
Wizz Air managing director Marion Geoffroy said………
“The challenging macro-economic environment and high operational costs including fuel mean that unfortunately we are unable to continue operating from Cardiff Airport.
We sincerely apologise to our customers in Wales and the South-West of England for the disruption and inconvenience that this will cause.
Our priority now is to ensure that all affected customers are contacted directly with clear advice on their options, and to look after our Cardiff based colleagues and crew.”
Cardiff Airport said……
“Our thoughts are with our customers who are impacted by this news and now face disruption to their travel plans for this year, along with our friends and colleagues that are employed by Wizz Air based at Cardiff.”
Wizz Air said it remains committed to long-term growth in the UK and it will continue to operate at eight UK airports, flying over 120 routes.
The Welsh government said its Covid recovery plan remained in place, but the aviation sector was suffering in the current economic climate.