Ryanair adds Belfast service for Cardiff Summer 2023

A Ryanair B737 at Dublin Airport
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LONDON – Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair has announced its Cardiff schedule for Summer 2023, with over 25 weekly flights across four routes.

The airline will also introduce its new Belfast route, as well as boost flight frequencies on its ever-popular Dublin route.

Cardiff summer 2023 highlights

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In summary, Ryanair’s Cardiff Summer 2023 schedule will deliver:

  • 4 routes (incl. 1 new) – Belfast, Dublin, Faro & Malaga
  • Over 25 weekly flight services
  • A predicted +63% growth in the Summer of 2022.
  • The uplift of an estimated 210K passengers to/from Cardiff in FY24
  • The regional benefit of providing over 155 local jobs

Domestic operations

On top of sunny Summer 2023 holiday destinations like Faro and Malaga, Ryanair has responded to the UK government’s 50% APD cut for domestic travel from April ’23 with the opening of new domestic routes.

This notably includes the new Cardiff to Belfast route which is set to operate from Wednesday, 29 March.

However, this 50% reduction ignores international connectivity which is fundamental for the growth of the UK’s economy and tourism. All

Ryanair has once again called on the UK government to fully abolish APD for all travel immediately, which they say would not only promote tourism but support much-needed connectivity to the UK – an island-based economy on the edge of Europe.

Welsh customers can now book a well-deserved Summer break enjoying Ryanair’s lowest fares to the widest choice of destinations, incl. its exciting new Belfast route for Summer 2023, on Ryanair.com.

Ryanair’s Head of Communications, Jade Kirwan said: “Ryanair is pleased to announce our biggest Cardiff schedule for Summer 2023 (+63% growth on S22), with over 25 weekly flights across 4 routes, including our exciting new Belfast route.”

With the perfect balance of cool city breaks destinations, like Belfast and Dublin, and sunny hotspots, like Faro and Malaga, Ryanair really does have a goal to suit everyone this Summer, says the airline.

The carrier also offers incentives for cost-conscious families, with its low fare regimen, and the ability to spread out the cost of a holiday by paying half the price now and the other half up to 40 days pre-departure.

“We look forward to welcoming hundreds of thousands of customers onboard our flights to/from Cardiff this Summer as Ryanair continues to deliver more traffic, connectivity, and lower fares than any other airline for the UK,” concludes Jade Kirwan.

Cardiff Airport CEO, Spencer Birns, said: “We are grateful for Ryanair’s commitment to working with us to grow more flight choices from Cardiff and we look forward to developing further options for our customers with the airline.”

“Ryanair continues to recognize that people living in Wales want to fly to and from their local airport and this increase in choice is a good step for building on future opportunities with the airline in Wales.”


The Irish low-cost carrier has now disclosed its new Summer 2023 scheduling across several of its UK bases.

Notable amongst the announcements is the inauguration of a new route from Derry to the U.K.’s “Capital of the North”, Manchester.

In addition, the carrier seems to have outgrown its Edinburgh base, with plans to locate one further based aircraft in addition to the implementation of six new routes from March 2023

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