Europe’s largest independent regional airline Flybe has celebrated its first anniversary of opening two aircraft base at Cardiff Airport in Wales, UK.

About 334,000 passengers travelled with the airline from Wales’s national airport over the past year.

The numbers show a more-than 600% rise in Flybe passenger traffic over the past twelve months.

During the period, the European airline also increased its services from four to 16 destinations, as well as based two Embraer 195 jet aircraft at Cardiff Airport.

Flybe is currently operating flights between Cardiff and London City, Munich, Berlin, Edinburgh, Faro, Jersey, Milan, Paris, Geneva, Düsseldorf, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Verona, Cork and Chambery.

It will operate flights four times a day between Cardiff and London City during the Severn Tunnel rail closure, commencing on 12 September.

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"We have continued to fine-tune our schedule with added frequency and new routes."

Flybe chief revenue officer Vincent Hodder said: "Flybe’s strong performance and increased growth over this first full year of our base operations at Cardiff demonstrates our commitment to the national airport of Wales.

"We have continued to fine-tune our schedule with added frequency and new routes and that is testament to our flexibility and responsiveness in meeting customer needs."

Flybe’s expansion has created more than 50 job opportunities for pilots and cabin crew.

As a result of the additional routes and capacity, passenger numbers at the Cardiff Airport have been increased by 26%, or just over 1.27 million.

Image: Flybe completes one year at the Cardiff Airport with a record number of 334,000 passengers. Photo: courtesy of Cardiff International Airport.