Wales Low Cost No Frills Airlines
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Which airlines have
cheap flights to Wales?
The following airlines provide low fare flights to and from Wales. The highlighted airlines operate a large number of budget routes from Wales to other European countries. Click on the name of each airline for full details on where that carrier flies.
- Excel Airways
- Airports in Wales
- Cardiff Airport [ CWL ]
The Irish budget airline Aer Arann offers a single route from the Welsh capital to the town of Lorient on France's Atlantic coast. It's not an immediately obvious French destination, but - given that Thomson Fly doesn't fly from Cardiff to anywhere in France right now and that bmi baby's route from Cardiff to Paris will disappear when Air Wales stops operating scheduled passenger flights - it's the only one on offer.
|Example cheap one-way fares including taxes on Aer Arann|
Aer Arann - Cheap flights from Wales to France
|Lorient > Cardiff||€50|
|Cardiff > Lorient||£36|
More Aer Arann Resources
- Compare Aer Arann fares with other airline fares
- More information about Aer Arann low fare routes
- Map showing Aer Arann low fare routes from Wales
Southwest England's reliably cheap carrier Air Southwest not only flies from Cardiff to Newquay on the north Cornish coast but also to Manchester, the regional hub of northwest England.
|Example cheap one-way fares including taxes on Air Southwest|
Air Southwest - Cheap flights from Wales to England
|Manchester > Cardiff||£19|
|Newquay > Cardiff||£19|
|Cardiff > Manchester||£19|
|Cardiff > Newquay||£19|
More Air Southwest Resources
- Compare Air Southwest fares with other airline fares
- More information about Air Southwest low fare routes
- Map showing Air Southwest low fare routes across Wales
UK no-frills airline bmi baby is the only low cost carrier to operate a substantial number of scheduled flights out of Cardiff, though Thomson Fly, below, flies to numerous destinations on a charter basis in addition to operating its own budget routes.
bmi baby's supremacy at Cardiff means that it is the only budget airline connecting the Welsh capital to Prague in the Czech Republic, Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Jersey in the Channel Islands.
However, if you are thinking of flying from south Wales to Palma de Mallorca or to Alicante or Malaga in Spain, bear in mind that, depending on when you want to fly, Thomson Fly may have more competitive fares than those being offered by bmi baby.
|Example cheap one-way fares including taxes on bmi baby|
bmi baby - Cheap flights across Europe from Wales
|Cardiff <> Palma de Mallorca||EUR--||£--|
|Cardiff <> Ibiza||EUR--||£--|
|Cardiff <> Jersey||£40|
|Cardiff <> Palma de Mallorca||€52||£80|
|Cardiff <> Amsterdam||€34||£20|
|Cardiff <> Belfast International||£15|
|Cardiff <> Faro||€90||£50|
|Cardiff <> Edinburgh||£17|
|Cardiff <> Glasgow||£15|
|Cardiff <> Alicante||€67||£60|
|Cardiff <> Malaga||€82||£70|
|Cardiff <> Murcia||EUR--||£--|
|Cardiff <> Geneva||-- CHF||£--|
More bmi baby Resources
- Compare bmi baby fares with other airline fares
- More information about bmi baby low fare routes
- Map showing bmi baby low fare routes from Wales
Excel Airways is a charter airline rather than a scheduled low cost operator, so its cheapest fares can usually only be found if you are booking return rather than one-way flights.
That said, a quick glance at the table of example fares on the right will show that even the lowest regular return fares don't compare favourably to buying two one-way flights from no-frills airlines like bmi baby or Thomson Fly.
Nevertheless, Excel Airways flies to Turkey, Corfu, Cyprus, Egypt and the Canary Islands, which the others don't. So, in this case, probably the best strategy is to keep checking the Excel Airways site regularly for promotions and then to take advantage of promotional fares when they are published.
|Example cheap return fares including taxes on Excel Airways|
Excel Airways - Cheap return flights to the Mediterranean
|Cardiff > Fuerteventura > Cardiff||£165|
|Cardiff > Las Palmas, Gran Canaria > Cardiff||£140|
|Cardiff > Tenerife South > Cardiff||£148|
|Cardiff > Paphos > Cardiff||£148|
|Cardiff > Sharm el Sheikh > Cardiff||£209|
|Cardiff > Corfu > Cardiff||£165|
|Cardiff > Palma de Mallorca > Cardiff||£123|
|Cardiff > Arrecife > Cardiff||£156|
|Cardiff > Malaga > Cardiff||£131|
|Cardiff > Dalaman > Cardiff||£190|
More Excel Airways Resources
- Compare Excel Airways fares with other airline fares
- More information about Excel Airways low fare routes
- Map showing Excel Airways low fare routes from Wales
Thomson Fly operates some of the cheapest low fare routes out of Cardiff to its scheduled destinations in the Balearic Islands and on the Iberian mainland.
Note that, depending on the season - and whether you can get the website to work - this budget airline also offers numerous charter destinations from Cardiff including Tunisia in North Africa, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean and Rhodes and Crete in the Eastern Mediterranean.
|Example cheap one-way fares including taxes on Thomson Fly|
Thomson Fly - Cheap Mediterranean flights from Wales
|Cardiff <> Ibiza||€47||£48|
|Cardiff <> Palma de Mallorca||€47||£54|
|Cardiff <> Alicante||€47||£54|
|Cardiff <> Malaga||€47||£50|
More Thomson Fly Resources
- Compare Thomson Fly fares with other airline fares
- More information about Thomson Fly low fare routes
- Map showing Thomson Fly low fare routes from Wales