Emirates Opens Up Route Network to Welsh Travellers

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Airline offers connections from Cardiff via UK & European Gateways.

We’re glad to be able to offer our passengers the chance to experience this award-winning airline through simple connections from their local airport.

South Wales travellers now have the opportunity to connect with award-winning Emirates Airline from Wales’ national airport via a number of the carrier’s UK and European gateways.

Passengers flying on various scheduled airlines from Cardiff, such as Flybe and Eastern Airways*, can connect with Emirates services to Dubai via Newcastle, Glasgow, Paris and Amsterdam, and then onwards to its expanding network of over 100 worldwide destinations – checking in only once at Cardiff Airport.

Cardiff is one of the few UK destinations not served directly by the airline that can be booked on the Emirates website, http://www.emirates.com/uk. Besides services to Dubai, Emirates offers convenient onward connections to destinations across the Middle East, Asia, Australasia, Africa and the Indian Ocean.

The connections will also potentially attract inbound tourism to Wales and put the Welsh capital on the global tourism map as the flights will be available to book in overseas destinations as far away as New Zealand and Australia.

Spencer Birns, Cardiff Airport’s head of air service development, commented: “We’re glad to be able to offer our passengers the chance to experience this award-winning airline through simple connections from their local airport.

“As a regional airport we’re not always going to be able to offer direct services to long haul destinations; however we stress that flying from your local airport and connecting onto flights in airports such as Paris, Dublin or Amsterdam to worldwide locations is often a much easier, more convenient, time-saving and can be a cheaper way of travelling.”

Conrad Clifford, Emirates’ Vice President UK & Ireland added: “We are constantly looking at ways of expanding our services in the UK and Ireland, and are pleased that Welsh travellers can now connect with Emirates from several gateways across the UK and Europe.”

Notes to Editors

*Interline agreement commences 1st September 2010.

Cardiff Airport
Passenger traffic at Cardiff Airport reached over 1.6 million in 2009 and the airport directly supports over 1,000 jobs in South Wales.

Cardiff Airport is part of TBI, which owns, operates or provides services at eight airports in four countries.

TBI is a company owned by abertis, (90%) the European leader in infrastructure management, present in 18 countries and three continents, and AENA (10%) the Spanish airports operator. Its activities, including those of TBI, extend to 30 airports in nine countries.

About Emirates
Emirates operates 98 non-stop flights per week from the UK to Dubai and beyond to a global network of over 100 destinations across six continents. The airline flies five times a day from London Heathrow, three times daily from London Gatwick, double daily from Birmingham and Manchester, and daily from Newcastle and Glasgow.

Emirates commenced services to Tokyo on 28th March, Amsterdam on 1st May and Prague on 1st July. Its route network is continuing to grow this year with the launch of services to Madrid in August and Dakar in September.

Since its launch in 1985, Emirates Airline has received more than 400 international awards in recognition of its efforts to provide unsurpassed levels of customer service. Onboard passengers can enjoy state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment, meals produced by leading chefs and some of the finest wines available. Advance seat selection is complimentary on all flights, and Emirates recently increased baggage allowances for First Class, Business Class and Economy Class passengers to 50kgs, 40kgs and 30kgs respectively.

For more information, visit http://www.emirates.com/uk


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