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Finally Got A Cardiff-Barcelona Connection!  
User currently offlineCwldude From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 691 posts, RR: 1
Posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2526 times:

Thomsonfly have today announced a 4 x weekly service between Cardiff and Barcelona, commencing in May!

Flights went on-sale today from £22.99 one-way, from the CWL website:

The new route reinforces Thomsonfly's position as the number one airline at Cardiff airport, flying more passengers than any other airline. Thomsonfly will offer seven low fares services from Cardiff next summer including Barcelona, Faro, Jersey, Alicante, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza, with prices starting from as little as £19.99 one way to Jersey, including taxes and charges.

Guy Stephenson, Thomsonfly's commercial director, comments: "We are very happy with the recent development of our services from Cardiff and we're pleased to expand our route network to meet demand in this increasingly dynamic and fast growing region. The introduction of flights between Cardiff and Barcelona is a very exciting milestone for both Cardiff and Thomsonfly: this is the first time a major new international route has been launched from Cardiff Airport with the support of the Welsh Assembly."

Guy added: "We are proud to offer consumers in Cardiff and across the whole of Wales the opportunity to fly to a wide variety of inspiring European destinations at affordable prices. Thomsonfly will continue to work closely with Cardiff Airport and the Welsh Assembly on opportunities for further route development."

Speaking about the new route Andrew Davies, Welsh Assembly Government Minister for Enterprise, Innovation and Networks said: "It is good news for Wales that Thomsonfly are expanding their services from Cardiff. The addition of new routes will provide improved business connectivity and new tourism opportunities and will help to improve the economic development of Wales as a whole."

Jon Horne, Managing Director, Cardiff International Airport added: "Linking Cardiff and Wales with the major cities of Europe is a key objective of Cardiff International Airport and so we are delighted at Thomsonfly's decision to commence services to Barcelona. This new service will, I am sure, build on the already significant success Thomsonfly has achieved at Cardiff and we look forward to working towards even greater success in the future."

Thomsonfly remains committed to providing a high level of customer service and offers allocated seating on all flights unlike the majority of low fares airlines, as well as providing passengers with the opportunity to pre-reserve seats and extra legroom. Thomsonfly offers customers a free and flexible baggage allowance totalling 25kg, of which up to 10kg can be hand luggage if desired.


Really exited about this!  

*edit* Frequencies:
TOM3343/4 Mon/Fri/Sat 1800/2120 - 2200/2325
TOM1283/4 Wed 1830/2150 - 2230/2355

Probably operated on a Boeing 737-300

[Edited 2006-12-12 18:14:25]


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User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2505 times:

Don´t know what´s special with Barcelona , personally for me it´s an terrible city .

But great for those who love BCN !


User currently offlineKstateinALB From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 749 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2499 times:

This is good news for a great city. New service to any city from BCN is exciting in its own right.


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User currently offlineMainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2097 posts, RR: 5
Reply 3, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2467 times:

Good news for Cardiff........will TOM and BE finally be the making of CWL after so many disappointments?

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 1):
Don´t know what´s special with Barcelona , personally for me it´s an terrible city .

Most people are fairly taken with Barcelona.......it's like an easy-going Paris with sun and a beach!  Wink


User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2447 times:

Quoting MainMAN (Reply 3):
Most people are fairly taken with Barcelona.......it's like an easy-going Paris with sun and a beach!

I know but I live here till February , BCN is nice for 3-4 days but more is awful ,
the worse is the Language , Catalan  Wink


Quoting Cwldude (Thread starter):
Flights went on-sale today from £22.99 one-way, from the CWL website:

Wow that´s a good price! But FR is cheaper


User currently offlineDiesel1 From UK - Wales, joined Mar 2001, 1637 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2419 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 4):
Wow that´s a good price! But FR is cheaper

But FR don't fly to BCN do they - excellent prices to GRO and REU however....

Great news for CWL though.

[Edited 2006-12-12 19:09:59]


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User currently offlineAutoThrust From Switzerland, joined Jun 2006, 1595 posts, RR: 9
Reply 6, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 2389 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 1):
Don�t know what�s special with Barcelona , personally for me it�s an terrible city .

Sorry to say but you dont know Barcelona. Because if you would you would love it. Sure not everything is great there but still a lot better then most City's i've visited in Europe.

What planes do thomsonfly use? Good news anyway, Europe is getting always closer.



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User currently offlineAntdenatale From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2368 times:
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Great news for Cardiff, do you know if there are any more routes due to be announced?

User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2360 times:

Quoting AutoThrust (Reply 6):
Sorry to say but you dont know Barcelona. Because if you would you would love it. Sure not everything is great there but still a lot better then most City's i've visited in Europe.

What planes do thomsonfly use? Good news anyway, Europe is getting always closer.

I live in Barcelona  Wink

Quoting Diesel1 (Reply 5):
But FR don't fly to BCN do they - excellent prices to GRO and REU however....

Oh that´s terrible with the RENFE trains to BCN ...


User currently offlineCwldude From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 691 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2344 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 1):
personally for me it´s an terrible city .

I went to Barcelona a couple of years back - thought it was absoloutely beautiful! The only problem being the amount of crime, but let's be honest, every city has that problem!

Quoting MainMAN (Reply 3):
will TOM and BE finally be the making of CWL after so many disappointments?

I'm really hoping so, I've been really optimistic about Thomsonfly and their CWL base lately, I think this is just the start...

Quoting Diesel1 (Reply 5):
But FR don't fly to BCN do they - excellent prices to GRO and REU however....

Agreed, but a handful of other airlines do great prices on flights to REU and GRO (Thomsonfly charter, First Choice, MyTravel etc)

Quoting AutoThrust (Reply 6):
What planes do thomsonfly use?

Boeing 737's on their low-cost routes, as said, it's probably gonna be a B733.

Quoting Antdenatale (Reply 7):
do you know if there are any more routes due to be announced?

Well within the last week or so we've seen RE announce Nantes, BE announce Belfast City, and now TOM with Barcelona! So things are looking good! I'm expecting more from Thomsonfly and FlyBE. in January, and possibly (dare I say it), a little more from bmiBaby too! Because let's be honest, WW need to buck themselves up or they're gonna start losing their base at CWL!



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User currently offlineAntdenatale From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2006, 178 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2330 times:
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Quoting Cwldude (Reply 9):
Well within the last week or so we've seen RE announce Nantes, BE announce Belfast City, and now TOM with Barcelona! So things are looking good! I'm expecting more from Thomsonfly and FlyBE. in January, and possibly (dare I say it), a little more from bmiBaby too! Because let's be honest, WW need to buck themselves up or they're gonna start losing their base at CWL!

Great times ahead for Cardiff, I hope anyway! All we need now is a flight to JFK, I had to try to explain to someone today in New York that BRS or LHR were the only options unless they want to fly KLM via Amsterdam.


User currently offlineCwldude From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 691 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 2313 times:

Quoting Antdenatale (Reply 10):
l we need now is a flight to JFK

I also predict an NYC route is coming up... watch this space  Smile



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User currently offlineAutoThrust From Switzerland, joined Jun 2006, 1595 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2290 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 8):
I live in Barcelona

I was born and lived half of my life in Barcelona  Wink
In 8 days im there (with Clickair)

Quoting Cwldude (Reply 9):

Boeing 737's on their low-cost routes, as said, it's probably gonna be a B733.

Ok thanks for info.



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User currently offlineLHStarAlliance From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2283 times:

Quoting AutoThrust (Reply 12):
I was born and lived half of my life in Barcelona Wink
In 8 days im there (with Clickair)

May I ask , did you went to the German School?

Well I must say Catelldelfels and so on is pretty nice , but I live under the approach corridor to Sabadell Airport and it´s worse than South America where I´ve also lived...


User currently offlineAutoThrust From Switzerland, joined Jun 2006, 1595 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 2266 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 13):
May I ask , did you went to the German School?

Well I must say Catelldelfels and so on is pretty nice , but I live under the approach corridor to Sabadell Airport and it�s worse than South America where I�ve also lived...

Yes sure, but i was 5 years at the Swiss School in Barcelona. However one day i visited the German School wich had IMO much better Infrastructure.

It really depends where you live, we lived more at the upper center. Was really nice there. But yes there are some areas wich are awful. But enjoy the weather there, that really s*cks here.

Quoting Cwldude (Reply 9):
The only problem being the amount of crime, but let's be honest, every city has that problem!

True the criminality in Barcelona is really getting bad.



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User currently offlineCardiffairtaxi From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

Fantastic news!Lets just hope the public back these routes,and dont start complaining when they're gone.Really great news though,to see something positive happening at CWL.Now all it needs,is the security at front of the airport,to go to charm school during the winter!!!

User currently offlineHumberside From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 4918 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2215 times:

Good news for CWL and a useful addition to the network from there. Are TOM basing an extra B737 at CWL next summer or can the existing CWL aircraft operate BCN?

Also good to see TOM add a completely new destination, rather than just add frequencies and convert to scheduled status an existing charter route. Good as that is, it doesnt exactly add to an airport's route network



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User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7123 posts, RR: 57
Reply 17, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 2211 times:

Quoting Cwldude (Reply 9):
The only problem being the amount of crime, but let's be honest, every city has that problem!

Not as bad as Barcelona - its a renowned crime hot spot, helped by a huge and out of control drugs problem in the city...



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User currently offlineCardiffairtaxi From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 2182 times:

Quoting Humberside (Reply 16):

Not sure if we will have an extra aircraft,but had 737-300,767-200 permanent all summer(767 swapped for 757 August) and also have 767-300 for 3 days a week to operate Cancun,Sanford and Dominican.


User currently offlineCwldude From United Kingdom, joined May 2006, 691 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2144 times:

We shall be having at least 1 extra 737 this summer! but Thomson have said they shall be announcing a lot of new routes in the new year aswell! So I'm hoping we'll get some more  Smile

Next summer currently consists of (unconfirmed):
Boeing 757-200
Boeing 767-300 (operating CUN and SFB)
two Boeing 737's, Im thinking one 738 and one 733!



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User currently offlineMainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2097 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 2091 times:

Quoting LHStarAlliance (Reply 4):
the worse is the Language , Catalan

That's an easy problem to rectify. All you have to do is look everyone in the face and SHOUT in English.......it works for most of us  devil 


User currently offlineCardiffairtaxi From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 2045 times:

Quoting MainMAN (Reply 20):

Surely you don't mean the good old talk slower(still in English!) and make hand movements.Why do we all do this????


User currently offlineCaaardiff From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2006, 190 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (7 years 8 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1951 times:

As it stands (at the moment) its confirmed 1x733, 1x762 (as cardiffairtaxi says swaps with 752 in aug for remainder of season) and 763 (premium a/c) here for 5 days, doing CUN, SFB and numerous short haul flights, however there will be a 733 popping in occasionally on W patterns from elsewhere (MAN based i think)

Cant see TOM announcing any more routes for next year. 46 flights a wk on offer.


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