Direct flights from Cardiff to Düsseldorf will begin from April 1, regional airline Flybe has announced.
The weekly, Saturday service lasts around one hour forty minutes and is a re-introduction of a “popular” Flybe route.
It links passengers departing Cardiff to other German destinations through a codeshare agreement with airberlin.
Airberlin’s hub is at Düsseldorf and connects to and from Scandinavia, Poland, Italy, France, Austria and Switzerland as well as cities around the world such as Abu Dhabi and New York.
The news follows Flybe’s announcement on Friday that it was launching two new routes to Düsseldorf – from Guernsey and Jersey.
Vincent Hodder, Flybe’s chief revenue officer said: “We are pleased to be bringing back this popular route from Cardiff to Düsseldorf this summer. Our extended codeshare partnerships mean that not only are flights convenient for travellers looking to take advantage of Düsseldorf’s excellent business and leisure connections, but also to seamlessly connect for onward travel within Germany and further afield.”
Debra Barber, recently-appointed chief executive officer of Cardiff Airport, added: “Düsseldorf is a popular route with our customers so its return to Flybe’s flight schedule is great news. Many visitors from Germany come to Wales each year so it’s important to have as many routes into the country as possible; and, as a city, Düsseldorf is a thriving business destination located on the Rhine, with a bustling food scene and world-famous night life. It’s also one of our key hubs for passengers connecting onwards to long haul destinations from Wales’ national airport.”
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