Ryanair chief explains the one thing they need from Cardiff airport to introduce more holiday destinations there


Ryanair CEO Eddie Wilson has revealed what would make the airline choose Cardiff Airport as a base for more holiday destinations – and it all has to do with cost. Mr Wilson spoke to WalesOnline at Funchal Airport in Madeira, where he was marking Ryanair’s new base.

In response to a question whether there were more flights or destinations planned from Cardiff Airport, the CEO said: “UK regional airports continue to be very strong for us. We have a strong presence in Bristol, we don’t have a base in Cardiff yet, but I’d like to think that we could – I mean, I know we launched the Dublin destination there last year – but I would like to think that we would expand there.

“You look at it and say, ‘Why are they in Bristol, not Cardiff? You can be sure it has to do with cost and cost just translates into lower fares which allows us to carry people so we will do our best for Cardiff.”

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Currently, you can fly to Ireland’s capital, Dublin, from Cardiff Airport with Ryanair, with flights from late March to late October 2022, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. You can also fly to Malaga from Cardiff with the airline in April and May on Wednesdays and Sundays. This is what time you should arrive at Cardiff Airport.

Mr Wilson said Cardiff had “the infrastructure, the runway facilities, all that there” and the airline had invested in the UK this year, opening a base in Newcastle and putting additional planes into airports such as Stansted, Manchester and Birmingham.

“There’s still a lot of demand in the UK, and I’d like to think we’d do something with Cardiff, but tell them [the airport] to call us,” Wilson added. Here’s where you can park at Cardiff Airport and how much it costs.

He said the main issue was falling airport costs. “We usually say, ‘We’re going to bring more traffic, lower costs’, you know, in a very simplistic way. Lower costs, they’ll have more passengers, they’ll make more money on parking, on facilities at the airport,” he said.

He added that more passengers would be “good for Ryanair, good for the airport and good for people flying at our legendary low fares”. Mr Wilson said Ryanair planned to carry 165 million passengers this year and was “extremely pleased” to launch a base in Madeira.


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