Flybe is opening a new base in Cardiff, it was announced today.

The regional airline will serve 11 destinations in the UK and Europe from the city’s airport this summer.

The carrier will base two of its existing Embraer E195 aircraft at the airport, with the first arriving in June and the second in September.

In January, Flybe announced that it will operate a weekly service between Cardiff and Dusseldorf this summer (see news, January 8).

Saad Hammad, CEO, Flybe said: “We are delighted to launch these exciting new routes from Cardiff airport.

“We have been looking to find a productive home for our surplus E195 aircraft and we are delighted at this ten-year agreement with Cardiff airport which involves us basing two of these jets there to serve the Welsh market with great value fares and further improving UK regional connectivity.”

Flybe passengers who book and fly with the regional airline this month can earn double Avios (see news, March 4).