Peter Philips, the former marketing head of Cardiff Airport, claimed that it would be catastrophic if ever Flyve leaves the airport therefore he believes that the ministers should ensure that the routes will remain intact regardless. Many people who came to hotels in Cardiff City Centre are brought there by the airline. Philips said that the 14 destinations that are currently catered by Flybe are very important if the airport wants to see growth in the number of passengers.
He added that since the Welsh Government is the owner of Cardiff Airport, it should provide guarantees to the next buyer as Flybe is currently available for sale. A spokesperson from the airport said that the matter is being handled in an operational level by the airport.
In a previous statement released by Flybe, passengers should not worry about the tickets and flights they have already booked through the company.
Mr. Phillips think that Flybe airline is a huge asset to Cardiff Airport since it is the biggest operator and it also contributes a lot to the economy of Wales. He also claimed that losing Flybe would be equivalent to taking back many steps the economy has struggled to make for the past few years.
European Regions Airline Association’s former advisor said that when it comes to increasing the passenger number, people think that it was Qatar Airways that did it but the truth is Flybe is the one that travels to different capitals in Europe. Losing it would be bad because it would take back the culture of growth the city has seen in the last few years. In addition, around 100 employees will be losing their jobs.
Flybe is currently flying from Cardiff to different European cities such as Munich, Paris, Dublin, Berlin, Geneva, Rome and Milan. In 2012, the Welsh Government took ownership of Cardiff airport which only caters to one million passengers but because of Flybe the number rose to 1.5 million in 2017.
The only ray of hope for people who wanted to visit hotels in Cardiff City Centre by flying Flybe is that the company is already discussing the potential sale of the company.This is a better alternative than shutting down its operations altogether.