What Ryanair need from Cardiff Airport to introduce more holiday destinations

The CEO of Ryanair, Eddie Wilson, has revealed what would make the airline choose Cardiff Airport as a base for more holiday destinations – and it’s all to do with cost. Mr Wilson spoke to WalesOnline at Funchal Airport in Madeira, where he was marking Ryanair’s new base.

In response to a question about whether there were any more flights or destinations planned from Cardiff Airport, the CEO said: “Regional UK airports continue to be very strong for us. We’ve got a heavy presence in Bristol. We don’t yet have a base in Cardiff, but I would like to think that we could – I mean, I know we launched the destination to Dublin there last year – but I would like to think we’d expand there. But it’s all down to the cost.

“You look at it and say, ‘Why are they in Bristol, not in Cardiff?’ You can be sure it’s to do with cost and cost just translated to lower fares, which allows us to transport people, so we’ll do our best for Cardiff.”

Currently, you can fly to Ireland’s capital city, Dublin, from Cardiff Airport with Ryanair, with flights from the end of March to the conclusion of October, 2022, on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays. You can also fly to Malaga from Cardiff with the airline during April and May on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Mr Wilson said Cardiff had the “infrastructure, the runway facilities, all that there” and that the airline had invested in the UK this year, opening a base in Newcastle and putting additional aircraft in airports including Stansted, Manchester, and Birmingham. Read more here.