Cardiff is gaining a direct air link with Switzerland from next spring when Helvetic Airways will start flying four times a week to Zurich from March.

The service on a 100-seat Fokker will run from Cardiff on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Fares start at £99 one way, including all taxes and charges, for a limited period and will be available to book in sterling from November 15.

Cardiff airport managing director Patrick Duffy said: “Research conducted by the airport demonstrated that Zurich is one of the most sought after business destinations from Wales, and therefore after months of hard work we’re delighted Helvetic Airways has decided to offer this route to south Wales travellers.

“Not only is Zurich one of Europe’s largest financial capitals it is also a fantastic leisure destination. This route opens up a wide range of new holiday destinations for our customers, whether it’s for a city, walking or skiing break.”