Marking the start of Flybe’s new sector to Venice Marco Polo with this handsome-looking cake were Spencer Birns, Commercial Director, Cardiff Airport and Paul Willoughby, Regional Sales Manager, Flybe. Also to mark the occasion, the airport surprised passengers with a gate celebration, featuring popular Welsh artist Nathan Wyburn, who created a stunning Venetian mask live in the terminal. Flybe will operate its newest Italian route twice-weekly.
Cake of the Week? Nah…its Slate of the Week! Flybe’s Willoughby flew to Venice on the first flight from Cardiff, where he handed over a commemorative piece of Welsh slate to Camilo Bozzolo, Aviation Development Director of SAVE Group Venice Airport. Remarking on the very different piece of cabin baggage he carried from Wales, Willougby said: “the commemorative slate was a heavy item to carry all the way to Venice!”
- Flybe started operating its S18 programme from Cardiff (CWL) this week, which now features 17 routes with a choice of up to 75 flights a week as a result of the introduction of a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) operation to Venice Marco Polo (VCE). The city becomes the airline’s fourth Italian route from Cardiff, joining existing services to Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa and Verona. Launched 27 March and operated by Flybe’s E170 and E195 fleet, the sector will face no competition. Roy Kinnear, Flybe’s CCO, who will be speaking at the anna.aero Heathrow HubLAB, commented: “We are delighted to include yet another new route to Italy from our Cardiff base this summer and look forward to welcoming many passengers on board. We are passionate about connecting people and communities and offering the widest choice of destinations possible with time saving, punctual and affordable travel.” Deb Barber, Cardiff Airport CEO added: “It’s been a hugely exciting moment with a great buzz in the terminal. The start of Flybe’s new Venice route is a welcome addition to their ever expanding choice of destinations available from Cardiff and to see a busy first flight out is testament to this. What a great way to mark the start of Flybe’s third summer season at Wales’ national airport.”