Cardiff Airport has confirmed the return of direct flights to Italy and the first-ever regular connection from Wales to Romania when Wizz Air launches flights to Milan and Bucharest this winter.
The ultra-low-cost airline is offering two weekly flights to both European cities from October 30, with one-way fares from £20.99.
Scheduled flights to Italy were last operated in 2019, while the airport never had regular flights to Romania.
The airport says the new connections will make it easier for travelers to reconnect with friends and family, fly for business and sport trips, or explore either destination on a city break.
They add that the start of services in the winter season is also good news for passengers who want to explore the ski slopes around Milan or Bucharest.
“It is very exciting to add a new country to our network map that has never been flown from Cardiff before, following Wizz Air’s decision to launch flights to Romania,” he said Marc Watkins, Aviation Development Manager at Cardiff Airport. “No doubt many people will use the route to visit family and friends, but Romania is also an undiscovered ski gem. The resort of Poiana Braşov, the most popular ski Resort in the countryside is only a two hour drive away Bucharest. And with flights to Milan, skiers can also explore the slopes of northern Italy from Cardiff. The new route to Milan will make traveling to Wales easier for the 30,000 Italians who visit us each year.”
Milan has always been a magnet for travelers seeking high fashion and design, stunning culture, world-class restaurants and world-class sport. Highlights of any Milan city break include seeing Milan Cathedral, the Santa Maria delle Grazie Monastery, home to Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper mural, a night out at La Scala, or the San Siro Stadium, home of AC Milan . For those with more time on their hands, the Italian lakes – Garda, Iseo, Como and Maggiore – are just a short drive away.
Romania’s capital Bucharest offers travelers the opportunity to discover unique buildings, vibrant culture and interesting history. Visitors to the city can take guided tours of the Palace of Parliament, soak up the atmosphere of the Romanian Athenaeum before strolling through Herastrau Park. A little further afield, Romania is full of castles and palaces, including the infamous Dracula’s Castle and the medieval city of Brasov.
“What fantastic and exciting news for the Welsh-Italian community,” he said Marco Zeraschi, owner of the famous Marco’s Café on Barry Island by Gavin & Stacey, and prominent member of the Welsh-Italian community. “Flights to Italy on the doorstep. Many of my family and friends have missed this destination from Wales and the flight from Cardiff Airport is a dream.”
comment on announcement, Madalina Ciinaru, Bucharest Office Manager, British-Romanian Chamber of Commerce said: “Here at BRCC we are delighted to welcome a new route from Bucharest to Cardiff on Tuesdays and Sundays from 30 October. I am pleased that Wizz Air remains true to its promise of low fares and diverse travel options in Europe, specifically adding Cardiff to its offering, thereby offering an alternative route and encouraging trade between the two countries. We strongly encourage our members to travel to their home country or visit friends or family in Cardiff and use Wizz’s new flight service.”
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