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Wizz to open a base at Cardiff Airport with 9 routes!
"It is to launch nine new routes to resorts such as Alicante, Faro and Tenerife as well as seasonal routes during the summer to Corfu and Palma de Mallorca as well as Lanzarote and Sharm El Sheikh during the winter."
 
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With Wizz it's unknown as in a recent article their CEO had said that some of their recent expansion has been pre planned and others opportunistic due to the pandemic. The former CFO of Wizz is Welsh so maybe he helped things. It'll be interesting to see what the full route network will be.
 

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Interestingly the press conference only mentions 7 routes not 9 so will be curious to see what the other 2 are.
 

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Yes though like Jet2 at Bristol Wizz are essentially filling the lost Thomas Cook capacity so hopefully will compliment the other airlines rather than push them out.
 

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Good news at last and one that’s been in the works since DSA got WizzAir in to do something very similar.

No details regarding schedule, start dates etc but looks to be a single based aircraft year-round. A welcome boost for the airport, and some lively competition for EZY, FR and Jet2 over the bridge.
 

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Thats amazing news! I had always been positive that something would come from either Wizz or Ryanair.
I'm glad to see it is Wizz because they can really focus on CWL, whereas FR would always have had BRS in mind.
With Wizz low fares, CWL can now really compete with BRS.

Surprised Malta and Barcelona isn't on the list, I wonder FR will be returning still. Also wonder if they will squeeze in a daily EDI or DUB.

I am surprised to see SSH over other routes given that it is struggled to make a return for TUI recently, although it isn't offered by EZY from BRS so could work. With only 9 routes some will be more that 1x weekly.
 

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Flights now on sale. Schedule as below:

Summer 2020
Monday

Heraklion 0610/1525
Tenerife 1635/0155

Tuesday
Corfu 0610/1340
Larnaca 1430/0110

Wednesday
Heraklion 0610/1340
Tenerife 1635/0155

Thursday
Palma 0610/1125
Alicante 1215/1745
Faro 1830/0030

Friday
Heraklion 0610/1340
Tenerife 1635/0155

Saturday
Corfu 0610/1125
Larnaca 1430/0110

Sunday
Palma 0610/1125
Alicante 1215/1745
Faro 1830/0030

Frequency

Corfu - x2 weekly (29th May-28th Sep)
Heraklion - x3 weekly (26th Mar-29th Sept)
Larnaca - x2 weekly (27th Mar - 30th Oct)

Faro - x2 weekly (28th Mar - 28th Oct)
Alicante - x2 weekly (28th Mar - 31st Oct)
Palma - x2 weekly (28th Mar - 28th Oct)

Tenerife - x3 weekly (26th Mar - 29th Oct)
 

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Winter 2020/21

Monday

Lanzarote 0610/1440
Tenerife 1535/0055

Tuesday
Faro 0610/1210
Sharm el Sheikh 1305/0110

Wednesday
Lanzarote 0610/1440
Tenerife 1535/0055

Thursday
Alicante 0610/1140
Larnaca 1235/2315

Friday
Lanzarote 0610/1440
Tenerife 1535/0055

Saturday
Faro 0610/1210
Sharm el Sheikh 1305/0110

Sunday
Alicante 0610/1140
Larnaca 1235/2315


Frequency

Larnaca x2 weekly (4th Nov - 24th Mar 2022)
Sharm el Sheikh x2 weekly (2nd Nov - 26th Mar 2022)

Faro x2 weekly (2nd Nov - 26th Mar 2022)

Alicante x2 weekly (4th Nov - 24th Mar 2022)

Lanzarote x3 weekly (1st Oct - 25th Mar 2022)
Tenerife x3 weekly (1st Nov - 25th Mar 2022)
 
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Based on the 230 seat A321 operating, it should work out at 351,440 seats available from March 2020 - March 2021 with a total of 764 return flights.
 

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Interested to see what they do with the Bristol Katowice flight if it will remain there or move to Cardiff.
I don't see that happening. Wizz is now essentially 2 airlines in the UK. Wizz Hungary and Wizz UK which will most likely concentrate on the holiday routes rather than Eastern Europe.
 
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