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WizzAir postpones the launch of Cardiff Base until Summer 2022

WizzAir has postponed the launch of its new base at Cardiff Airport until Summer of 2022. The European low-cost carrier announced plans for the new base in December 2020, with nine routes to destinations including Alicante, Faro, Larnaca and Tenerife having been set to launch in March this year.

Initially, the launch was postponed until May due to lockdown restrictions, and Wizz Air has now confirmed that the new base will not launch until summer 2022.

The airline, in a statement, said:

As a result of the ongoing Covid-19 related travel restrictions, and ever changing quarantine measures in place across the UK and Europe, it is with regret that we have had to take the difficult but responsible decision to further postpone the opening of our new Cardiff base until summer 2022 to give our customers, employees and business partners certainty during this difficult time. This has not been an easy decision and we understand the disappointment our customers in South Wales will be feeling. Despite the ever changing and inconsistent government travel regulations, with three new bases and over 60 new routes in the UK announced in the past year alone, together with the arrival of four brand new A321 neo aircraft, Wizz Air remains committed to long-term growth in the UK, creating hundreds of direct new jobs while also stimulating the tourism and hospitality industries. We apologise for the inconvenience this further delay might have caused to our customers. We remain dedicated and look forward to opening our fourth UK base at Cardiff Airport and to welcoming passengers onboard our young and green aircraft fleet next summer.

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In June 2021, the carrier announced plans for its first domestic flights in the United Kingdom, with services to Jersey from both Cardiff and Doncaster.

However, just a month later, the carrier suspended both routes before they had even started. At that time, WizzAir, in a statement to Business Traveller said:

Routes can sometimes change according to travel seasons and demand. Unfortunately for these reasons, Wizz Air confirms it has had to suspend its routes from Cardiff and Doncaster to Jersey. Passengers with bookings will be contacted and refunded 120 per cent of the original fare in airline credit. Passengers can also opt for 100 per cent cash refund. Wizzair sincerely apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Meanwhile, WizzAir recently announced 18 brand-new routes from Naples in Italy. The airline has also announced four new routes from Abu Dhabi that it will be operated by WizzAir Abu Dhabi.

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