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Rugby, Football and General Sport flights/charters.

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As Cardiff gets a lot sporting events for what is a small but wonderful city! I thought I would create a thread dedicated to sport flights whether they are extra scheduled flights or special charters connected to sport in the area.
 

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Six Nations 2017 starts on the 4th February. Wales are playing Italy in Rome and several airlines are operating flights to Rome for the game.
There will be 7 departures to FCO on the 3/2/2017. (I'm not sure of flight numbers or times yet)
2TOM/TUI 737 800's, 3 Jet2 757 200's, 1 Go2Sky 737 400, 1 Carpatair Fokker 100 and 1 Enter Air 737 400.
Saturday 4/2/2017 there will be 1 departure 1 Vueling A320 to FCO and 1 Go2Sky 737 400.
 
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Flight numbers and times for the departures on the 3/2/17
TOM8058 CWL-FCO 06.30-10.05 Thomson Airways 737 800
LS6173 CWL-FCO 08.00-11.35 Jet2 757 200
LS6206 CWL-FCO 09.00-12.35 Jet2 757 200
ENT601 CWL-FCO 11.00-14.35 Enter Air 737 400
LS6268 CWL-FCO 11.15-14.50 Jet2 757 200
6G4394 CWL-FCO 11.30-15.05 Go2Sky 737 400
TOM8060 CWL-FCO 13.50-17.25 Thomson Airways 737 800
V32455 CWL-FCO 14.00-17.35 Carpatair Fokker 100
4/2/17
6G4396 CWL-FCO 08.00-11.35 Go2Sky 737 400
VY7980 CWL-FCO 10.15-13.50 Vueling A320

Edit: the Carpatair flight is for the Welsh Rugby team.
 
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Given that CWL doesn't seem to produce a Mayfly I'm never sure where to look for the rugby and football club charters. From memory I don't think that SWAG shows them on its arrivals/departures pages.

With Swansea City in the Premier League where visiting teams frequently arrive by air and Cardiff City in the Championship where some bigger clubs from a long distance away use air transport for matches there is a lot of club football traffic.

There is even more rugby club traffic with four sides in the PRO12 meaning numerous visits to play clubs in Scotland, Ireland and Italy, with those clubs making return visits to Wales. In addition there are the European Cup competitions.

Is there any way of maintaining a full list of rugby and football club flights each week?
 

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Also a possible football charter arriving from Norwich on the 3/2/17 is FR1877 at 16.05 with a departure on the 4/2/17 at 19.30 FR1878 back to Norwich.
 

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Given that CWL doesn't seem to produce a Mayfly I'm never sure where to look for the rugby and football club charters. From memory I don't think that SWAG shows them on its arrivals/departures pages
I only found out today because I asked on a Cardiff Airport facebook page a kind of spotters page and SWAG posts them under Champions league news and other events. I got the departure times from the Live flight schedule on the airports website itself as SWAG put them down for when the aircraft roughly arrive at CWL. Guessing info for spotters. The arrival at FCO times I've estimated myself.
 

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But what about the flights that carry teams/backroom staff/possibly some supporters each week re the rugby and football club games that I mentioned?

Is it really Ryanair doing a charter NWI-CWL-NWI?
 

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Is there any way of maintaining a full list of rugby and football club flights each week?
The one thing about CWL's flight information is that is gives generally a week in advance. So it's possible to estimate what the flight may be for.
 

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Is it really Ryanair doing a charter NWI-CWL-NWI?
It looks like. They do have a 60 seater 737 800 that they adapted for corporate travel and charter work. So it's either the team or some rich fans as I can't see Ryanair using a normal configuration for a sports charter.
 

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Norwich City are certainly playing a Championship league match at Cardiff City next Saturday.
 

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Norwich City are certainly playing a Championship league match at Cardiff City next Saturday.
Yes they are and Swansea City are playing Manchester City. There's a BMI departure for Manchester at 16.00 on the 4/2/17 BM8999 but I can't find the arrival flight.
 

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The arrivals for the Rugby charters for Rome on the 5/2/17 and 6/2/17
V32456 Carpatair FCO-CWL 22.15-23.45
VY7981 Vueling FCO-CWL 10.20-11.50
LS6174 Jet2 FCO-CWL 11.05-12.35
TOM8062 Thomson Airways FCO-CWL 11.20-12.50
LS6269 Jet2 FCO-CWL 14.15-15.45
ENT600 Enter Air FCO-CWL 16.10-17.40
6G4395 Go2Sky FCO-CWL 16.10-17.40
LS6207 Jet2 FCO-CWL 17.05-18.35
TOM8064 Thomson Airways FCO-CWL 18.35-20.05
7/2/17
6G4397 Go2Sky FCO-CWL 14.20-15.40
 
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Are you going to Rome this weekend, Jerry?

Rome itself is a great attraction (although I've never been there) and coupled with the high probability of a Wales win make the trip something that Wales rugby supporters must find hard to resist.
 

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Are you going to Rome this weekend, Jerry?
Unfortunately no! I have been to Rome but not for the rugby it was part of a tour with a cruise and it's a wonderful city especially the historical side and i would recommend it to anyone. I do want to go for the rugby one day though as i've never been to a Six nations away game and would like to one day.
 

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BMI Regional will be operating a charter to Manchester for Swansea City FC who play Manchester City FC on Sunday.
BMI 8999 CWL-MAN 16.00-17.00 4/2/17 BMI 8100 MAN-CWL 17.15-18.15 5/2/17
 

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Just rugby and football charters that have happended over the last couple of days.
Ospreys departed for Palma PMF at 15.59 on 9/2/2017 on an Aero4m ERJ-145LU F-HRAM to play Zebre rugby and returned at 00.35 form PMF on 11/2/17
Cardiff City FC departed for LBA to play Leeds United at 14.52 on 10/2/17 on BMI E145 G-RJXA and returned at 19.55 on 11/2/17
Leicester City FC arrived at 15.10 on 11/2/17 on a Cityjet RJ85 EI-RJF. They play Swansea City FC tomorrow.
The return on 12/2/17 to EMA departs at 20.00 on a Cityjet RJ85.
 
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The flight to Leeds must have relaxed the Bluebirds judging by the result.

Were there many private jets at CWL for the Six Nations today? I won't mention the score.
 

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I'm still cursing Jonathan Davies for that kick! there's always next year!
Think there was a couple of private aircraft but I'm not sure if they were rugby related or not. Most would've come by road or rail. I'm not sure if the LCY service benefited from the game. Though according to SWAG it got diverted to SEN again! Guessing icing issues on the wing tips again.
 

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I know there
Still hoping for a Wales vs Ireland at Cardiff to get some stuff in like in 2015.

E.
I know there will be lots of Ryanair and Aer Lingus flights but also CityJet are doing some this year.
 

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