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Air fare war will be good for customers.

A low-cost airline boss told South Wales trippers today - there's never been a better time to fly.

Crawford Rix, managing director of bmibaby, which this year celebrates five years of flying from Cardiff International Airport, said that travellers could enjoy a bonanza in 2007 as airlines battled to fill seats.

He told the Echo: "There is a soft market at the moment for everyone in the airline business. One of the issues is the increase in air passenger duty which has dampened demand and interest rates are rising along with a general perception that the economy is going to slow down.

"It is going to be a challenging year so it is important we have got offers out there. This year could be a real bonanza for our customers with never a better time to fly."

From Cardiff bmibaby has launched services to Murcia, the gateway to La Manga in Spain, and increased flights to Palma and Jersey. Services to Prague are being pulled because of falling demand.

Mr Rix currently has three planes based in Cardiff but says this could increase in future years, saying; "We believe there are huge growth opportunities in Cardiff."

Elsewhere in the UK bmibaby is trialling city breaks to Lisbon, and Marseilles which, if successful, could be considered for Cardiff.
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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:May 19, 2007
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