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Why has Qatar Airways just launched flights to Wales?

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guest-aalliini

Well they couldn’t resist the opportunity to take a swipe at Wales/Welsh where any investment is considered wasted or undeserved. The Economist true to its values in upholding the status quo where all roads must lead to and from London and scoff with incredulity at the prospect of somewhere else getting a little slice of that pie.

Ecoeng

Emirates is doing something similar by commencing flights to Stansted this summer. Admittedly, Stansted is not a long distance from London but it does provide a good opportunity to capture a large, and wealthy, population in the East of England that would be more than happy to avoid travelling around the M25 or on multiple trains to get to Heathrow.

Expat40

Dreadful article and actually insulting. Quite frankly the Economist should apologise. Cardiff is a thriving city and there are many tourist benefits to this.
And PS the Qataris have been pretty astute here - Cardiff have just been promoted to the Premier League. Maybe there is more to it than meets the eye Economist but I guess you were too shortsighted to consider this.

Ecoeng in reply to Expat40

Potentially Cardiff and southern Wales has as much to offer tourists as Edinburgh (albeit not architecturally). Edinburgh has plenty of long haul options that helps to bring in the tourists but Cardiff doesn't have the same marketing power. Perhaps a Hollywood movie about Owain Glyndwr would help?

Will the Bluebirds use their riyals to sign Messi?

guest-aalliini

Poor article and I expect better from the Economist than this sneering metropolitan rubbish. Qatar’s decision to fly to Cardiff pre-dates the blockade by months and in fact the whole operation was put in to jeopardy as a consequence. South Wales and South West is underserved through existing long haul airport infrastructure and Cardiff Airport is finally starting to get the investment it needs (plus recent decision to upgrade link road) after years of poor management. Of course we will just have to wait and see how this goes but in the meantime the author might consider welcoming this investment/ expansion rather than trotting out the usual denigration of anything Wales/Welsh. Who knows they might pay a visit sometime!

Gregolas

I would certainly consider flying to or from Cardiff. There are many people in England and Wales who live no where near London and have no desire to drive anywhere close to its chaotic and overcrowded road network. Let us all hope this trend continues!

modernpublius

A few years ago, my wife and I had a week and a large number of British Airways miles to use, so we decided to go to Wales. We had a lovely time, and are planning to go again. My wife, who is a big Dr. Who fan, particularly enjoyed the Dr. Who Museum in Cardiff. There are plenty of beaches, parks and castles. I wonder why it hasn't been developed more as a tourist destination.

homocidalmaniac

Could Cardiff become Heathrow's 4th terminal for cargo? Cargo could be shipped around the country instead of further blocking an already congested road system.