A POPULAR airline is stopping all flights from Cardiff Airport this month.
Wizz Air has confirmed that they are closing their base at the Welsh airport.
Last year, the airline said they were cancelling most of their Cardiff flights until April 2023 due to "economic pressures", despite only launching flights back in April 2022.
The Hungarian airline had originally planned eight services for summer 2023, with destinations including Spain, Greece and Portugal.
These will no longer go ahead.
Wizz Air currently operates Cardiff flights to Milan and Bucharest, although these will end by January 25.
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Wizz Air UK managing director Marion Geoffroy told Travel Weekly: "The challenging macro-economic environment and high operational costs including fuel mean that unfortunately we are unable to continue operating from Cardiff Airport.
"We sincerely apologise to our customers in Wales and the southwest of England for the disruption and inconvenience that this will cause."
Wizz Air continues to fly from eight other UK airports including London Luton, London Gatwick and Birmingham.
A Cardiff Airport spokesperson told local media they were "deeply disappointed" that the airline was to cease operations.
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They added: "It is regrettable that Wizz Air has cited the economic climate as its reasons for withdrawing its operations out of Cardiff.
"There has been positive booking trends and very strong passenger demand to travel from Cardiff in 2022 and current booking trends for 2023 remains similar.
"We have been working closely with the airline since 2020 and their latest indications to us last week, were that bookings for this summer are ahead of this time last year, so we see their decision as surprising."
They added that passengers affected can still fly to the destinations, as airlines TUI, Ryanair, KLM and Vueling remain in operation.
Anyone affected can get a 120 per cent refund in airline credit, 100 per cent cash refund or fly via an alternative airport.
Last year, the airline carried more than 100,000 passengers to and from Cardiff Airport.
Wizz Air was also once the largest operator at the now-closed Doncaster Sheffield Airport.
However, they pulled out in June 2022, leaving just TUI flights remaining.
The UK airport closed for good in October 2022.
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