British regional carrier Flybe has confirmed it will extend its Cardiff to London City Airport service indefinitely.
The multi-frequency schedule had been introduced as an interim measure, intended to maintain links between the two capitals during the planned closure of the Severn Tunnel, which carries the main trunk railway line from southern England to South Wales.
The flights had been due to end when the tunnel re-opens on October 21 but Flybe said they would now be extended “following an overwhelming response from the business community”.
Flybe’s CEO, Saad Hammad said: “Serving regional communities and providing regional connectivity is what we’re all about. This is a great example of how a regional airport working with Flybe can move quickly to address local needs in a meaningful way. We have made a significant investment in Wales over the past 18 months and it is pleasing to see the Welsh public responding with such positive demand.”
The carrier’s Chief Revenue Officer, Vincent Hodder added: “This route has quite simply taken off, quickly becoming an early success. We have been heartened by the response it has received. Flybe recognises that time is precious for customers and this route is clear vindication that we are faster than road or rail, and not only faster, but usually also cheaper. We are delighted to continue operating this route to meet demand and look forward to it continuing to go from strength to strength.”
The airline is expected to revise the schedule from November 1 from thrice- to twice-daily on weekdays, and from twice a day to daily on weekends.