Flybe has started operating its extensive 2018 summer schedule from Cardiff Airport, featuring 17 routes with a total choice of up to 75 flights a week.
The season has taken off with the launch of the first ever service between Cardiff and Venice.
To mark the occasion, Cardiff Airport surprised passengers with a celebration at the departure gate, featuring popular Welsh artist Nathan Wyburn, who created a stunning Venetian mask live in the terminal.
On arrival in Venice, Paul Willoughby, Flybe regional sales manager presented friends at Venice Airport with a commemorative gift made out of traditional Welsh slate to celebrate the inaugural returning flight.
Venice is the airline’s fourth Italian route from Cardiff offering conveniently scheduled twice weekly flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays particularly timed to suit the needs of those embarking on a Mediterranean cruise.
Roy Kinnear, Flybe chief commercial officer, commented: “We are delighted to include yet another new route to Italy from our Cardiff base this summer and look forward to welcoming many new passengers on board.
“We are passionate about connecting people and communities and offering the widest choice of destinations possible with time saving, punctual and affordable travel.”
Flybe’s franchise partners Eastern Airways and Blue Islands have also started operating their new summer schedules with a further four routes.