Ryanair asked by Welsh Government to cancel flights from Cardiff Airport this Friday

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Airline Ryanair has been asked to cancel its planned flights from Cardiff Airport this Friday, by the Welsh Government

Ryanair flights are scheduled to Faro and Malaga from the airport, which is wholly owned by the Welsh Government.

It is the first phase of a planned return of commercial flights.

But the Welsh Government still has a legal five mile restriction for non essential travel in place.

That could be lifted next week as part of the easing of Covid-19 measures.

However, anyone living more than five miles from the airport is effectively breaching the travel rule.

“We don’t believe these flights should be going ahead and we have written to Ryanair to ask them to postpone,” said a Welsh Government spokesman.

People are required to ‘stay local’ in Wales and not to travel further than five miles unless they have a reasonable excuse, to try to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Rules on quarantine are also still unchanged.  All travellers entering Wales from overseas will need to self-isolate for 14 days when they return.

Ryanair’s flights have been on sale since the middle of 2019. It has been contacted for comment.

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According to the Welsh Government it’s a matter for the independent management team at Cardiff Airport to make decisions about commercial operations there.

All commercial flights were halted in March, but to comply with Civil Aviation Authority regulations, the airport has remained in an operational mode.

Some freight traffic, including flights bringing in supplies of personal protective equipment, has been operating.

Airport bosses said in a statement: “ Cardiff Airport has remained open throughout the pandemic to support essential flying including critical cargo and medical flights. During July our airlines will slowly restart flying passenger services, increasing in August.  All airlines are making decisions about reinstating flights on a global basis and the situation remains fluid.

“We continue to follow government guidance and work closely with Public Health Wales to keep the safety of our team and customers as our number one priority.”

Airlines, Vueling, Balkan and Eastern Airways, will implement a gradual return of flights at Cardiff Airport in July.

In August, TUI and KLM are also planning a return. Qatar Airways is looking at a return in October.



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