Travellers from Penarth who need to get to London this autumn will have a new alternative to the prolonged rail journey (caused by the closure of the Severn Tunnel – starting in September) and the option of tackling the M4 on weekday mornings.
The UK airline Flybe is planning to operate up to four daily return flights from Cardiff Airport to London City Airport as from Monday 12th September.
The airline says this new ‘city to city’ link has been “put in place to ensure people in Wales can continue to connect to London while works on the Severn Tunnel are underway”.
The fares will be comparable – or cheaper than – existing rail fares , starting at £34.99 one way including taxes and charges.
There have been previous attempts to run Cardiff to London air services – one of which was operated by the Welsh airline Cambrian Airways which began daily flights to Heathrow in 1969. This service however lasted only 10 weeks before it was cancelled because of lack of support.