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bmibaby celebrates 4 years flying from Cardiff Airport

27th October 2006

bmibaby, the award winning airline with tiny fares celebrated four years of flying from Cardiff International Airport today.

Gareth Edwards, bmibaby marketing director, David Hodge and Cardiff Blues rugby players were on hand to share champagne and birthday cake with passengers checking in for the Malaga and Prague flights.

The airline also made dreams come true for five children from Gwenfo Primary School who were all winners in a competition devised by the airline to design a 4th birthday card. The overall winner, picked by Arms Park favourite, Gareth Edwards, was Thetis Drewelus (aged 11).

Thetis, will see her winning birthday card design put up as a poster at the airport and it will also be featured in bmibaby’s on board magazine, yeahbaby. Thetis who has never been on a plane before also won a £100 travel credit for her family on any of bmibaby’s services departing from Cardiff, book tokens, tickets for four to see the Cardiff Blues vs Leicester game this weekend and lots of other goodies.

The runner ups, Abi Burnford (aged 9), Holly Findlay (aged 11), Alex Riley (aged 10) and Katy Sharpe (aged 10) all received tickets for four to the Cardiff Blues vs Leicester game and plenty of bmibaby goodies. All the children then went on a unique airside tour to see what happens with a bmibaby aircraft when it lands.

bmibaby started operations from Cardiff International Airport in October 2002 with two based aircraft and since launch has carried over 2.3 million passengers to and from the airport. The airline now has three Boeing 737 aircraft flying 121 weekly flights to and from the airport to eleven destinations including Amsterdam and Glasgow International. Fares start from just £13.99 one way, including taxes and charges.

bmibaby has been a prolific supporter of community initiatives such as the Cardiff Winter Wonderland, Cardiff Food and Drink festival and the headline sponsor of the Cardiff Blues rugby union team.

David Hodge, marketing director, bmibaby, said:

“It’s great to be able to celebrate four highly successful years at Cardiff International Airport. Since we started operations we’ve carried over 2.3 million passengers on bmibaby’s low cost flights to and from the region.

Demand for our services has always been strong and bmibaby remain committed to offering consistently lower fares to a wide range of European destinations. We will continue to support community initiatives such as Cardiff Winter Wonderland.

I would personally like to thank everyone from Gwenfo Primary School for taking part in our celebrations today and for the brilliant card designs. We clearly have some budding artists.”

Jon Horne, managing director, Cardiff International Airport, said:

“bmibaby has been one of the major factors in creating success for the Welsh economy and their network of flights has increased the lifestyle and leisure opportunities for the region”

bmibaby low cost flights from £13.99 one way, including taxes and charges are bookable online at