Loganair services between Cardiff and Glasgow took flight last week, the first air connection between the two cities since October 2019.
The launch marks the start of a year-round schedule that will connect the two cities, designed to enable business or leisure trips of different durations, including weekends, long weekends and short breaks.
There is currently no direct rail service between Scotland’s biggest city and Cardiff, and car journey times can take upwards of seven hours.
The route, operated by Loganair’s 49-seat Embraer 145 jet aircraft, has a flight time of only 1 hour and 15 minutes, and operates up to eight times a week. The launch will also be welcome news for Pro14 rugby fans, who will be able to follow their club to Scotland for matches against Glasgow Warriors.
To celebrate the launch, passengers on the first flights between Cardiff and Glasgow received complimentary miniatures of Glaswegin Gin, and customers flying from Cardiff were surprised at the gate with cupcakes made by local business The Vale Cake Boutique, and a bagpipes performance from John Campbell.
Across all its routes, Loganair provides 15kg of complimentary baggage allowance, in-flight refreshments and the option to join Clan Loganair – the airline’s competitive reward programme for frequent flyers. Business customers can also choose from a range of fares for the flexibility they need.
Kay Ryan, Loganair’s Chief Commercial Officer, said:
“We are looking forward to welcoming passengers on-board our aircraft at Cardiff Airport.
“This is an important business route to Glasgow and Scotland’s biggest city is a great destination for shopping and nightlife. The city is home to three universities, where the student experience is considered to be one of the best in the UK.
“Rugby fans will also be delighted with this new route launch, allowing travelling supporters to take in Pro14 clashes against the Glasgow Warriors.”
Spencer Birns, Chief Commercial Officer at Cardiff Airport, said:
“It is fantastic to welcome Loganair’s scheduled services to Cardiff, and we are really pleased that they have taken this opportunity to bolster links between Wales and Scotland.
“Wales has strong ties with Glasgow and the new regular service will help facilitate our passengers who need to travel for business, or for visiting friends and family.”