Budget airline, BMIbaby, has added a new route between Cardiff Airport and Franz Josef Strauss Airport in Munich, Germany. The connection, the carrier says, is in celebration of eight years of BMIbaby flights from South Wales.
Munich (or München in German), probably best known in the UK for its annual Oktoberfest, and its Champions League-winning football team, Bayern Munich, is the third largest city in Germany. The Bavarian city is famed worldwide for its impressive architecture, which ranges from the ultra-modern, Allianz Arena, which changes colour, to the gothic spires of the Frauenkirche Cathedral, one of the tallest buildings in Munich. Perhaps more importantly, at least for the popularity of BMIbaby’s new route over the winter period, Munich is host to a series of Christmas markets, which will take place between November 26 and December 24 2010.
Flights from Cardiff began operating on a thrice-weekly basis at the end of October. BMIbaby is hoping that in excess of 10,000 people will be tempted by a trip to the “world’s most liveable city,” to quote lifestyle magazine, Monocle.
BMIbaby’s Managing Director, Julian Carr, was “delighted” with the airline’s connection to Munich. “This new route will allow the region to develop strong business links with Germany. It really is an exciting time for the airline in Cardiff.” Mr Carr also said that BMIbaby was “proud” to be able to provide South Wales with new routes and opportunities for “inward investment” from the continent.
The airline is currently the only carrier in the southwest to provide a flight to Munich, which should help the airport snatch customers away from nearby Bristol International. Previously, Bristol Airport’s flights to Innsbruck and Salzburg in Austria were the closest that passengers in Wales could get to Munich, without having to catch the train to London or the North of England.