The new London City route operated by Flybe from Cardiff Airport could save the Welsh economy over 800 working weeks when it launches next month.
Passengers departing from Wales’ national airport will land in the heart of the city just one hour after take-off, saving approximately two hours from their working day each way.
Flybe will operate up to three return flights per day during the six-week closure of the Severn Tunnel – which is scheduled to shut on 12 September and re-open on 21 October – while work is undertaken to install a new electric conductor rail on the direct railway line between Cardiff and London.
With 78 seats on each flight operating over 35 weekdays that’s 32,760 hours saved during the six week period. For those working a typical 40-hour work week, the time saved using the new London City route could save Welsh businesses up to 800 working weeks, which is the equivalent of one person stopping work until January 2022.
From September 12th and during the following six weeks, the closure of the Severn Tunnel means passengers heading from South Wales to London via rail will be diverted via Gloucester or compelled to use replacement buses, adding approximately two hours to their journey time.
The flights – which have been labelled by Flybe as ‘rescue flights’ for the six week disruption period – are on sale from just £34.99 each way at Flybe.com, with the added feature of ‘fast track’ at Cardiff Airport’s security search area to save even more time.
The new route is set to shake-up the way business professionals across Wales connect with London, saving both time and money, with the potential to become the business person’s default choice of transport. Furthermore the additional service, once established, would act as an additional access route to the Welsh capital for visitors to the city.
Debra Barber, Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer at Cardiff Airport, said:
“Cardiff Airport is growing from strength to strength. Constantly striving to meet and exceed the demands of the modern day traveller.
“We fully understand that efficient connectivity to and from London is key for business professionals across Wales, and that time really does equal money. We welcome Flybe’s decision to operate this new route from Cardiff Airport, which is certain to minimise the disruption for people across Wales affected by the Severn Tunnel closure. We hope to see this new route fully embraced by our customers so that it becomes a permanent part of Flybe’s ever-growing network of routes from Cardiff in the future.”
Robert Lloyd Griffiths, Director of the Institute of Directors Wales, welcomes the new London City flight route from Cardiff Airport, and thinks that this easy and accessible means of transport could change the way professionals travel to and from the Welsh capital.
“We know that time often equals money for business people so the London City flights scheduled for the six weeks closure period of the Severn Tunnel will be a great test to show business people how connecting the capitals by air can save both. There’s been a good awareness of the service among IoD members and once the efficiency has been experienced I could really see this becoming a regular choice of transport to get between London and Cardiff.”