Wizz Air announces a new base in Tirana

posted on 31st May 2020 by Eddie Saunders
Wizz Air announces a new base in Tirana

Wizz Air, Europe’s fastest growing and greenest airline announced today its 30th base in Tirana. The airline will base 3 Airbus A320 aircraft at Tirana airport in July 2020. Along with the establishment of the new base and complementing the already operated ten routes, Wizz Air announced 15 new services to 8 countries from Tirana starting from July 2020. 

Wizz Air started flying to Tirana in 2017, and since then has carried almost half a million passengers to and from the Albanian capital. Wizz Air is dedicated to developing its network to liberate the lives of its passengers through affordable travel. With the experience of providing low fare but high quality services in the past years in Tirana, the airline is confident that with the establishment of its newest, 30th base, WIZZ will bring more economic growth to the region, connect Albania with other European countries while providing affordable travel opportunities for its passengers. 

The base establishment in Tirana will create over 100 new direct jobs with the airline and even more jobs in associated industries. The 3 Airbus A320 aircraft will support the operations of 15 new routes to Beauvais (Paris), Charleroi (Brussels), Eindhoven, Mulhouse Euroairport, Karlsruhe / Baden-baden, Hamburg, Berlin Schönefeld, Frankfurt Hahn, Prague, Heraklion, Rhodes, Bari, Catania, Milan Malpensa and  Torino, totalling over 800 thousand seats on sale to 25 destinations from Tirana in 2020. Wizz Air’s growing Albanian network will support local tourism, bring more capital to the region as well as connecting Tirana with new and exciting destinations.

Today’s announcement comes as the new era of sanitized travel begins at Wizz Air. The airline recently announced a range of enhanced hygiene measures, to ensure the health and safety of its customers and crew. As part of these new protocols, throughout the flight, both cabin crew and passengers are required to wear facemasks, with cabin crew also required to wear gloves. Wizz Air’s aircraft are regularly put through an industry-leading fogging process with an antiviral solution and, following WIZZ’s stringent daily cleaning schedule, all of the airline’s aircraft are further disinfected overnight with the same antiviral solution.

Sanitising wipes are handed to each passenger upon entering the aircraft, onboard magazines have been removed from the aircraft, and any onboard purchases are encouraged to be made by contactless payment. Passengers are requested to follow physical distancing measures introduced by the local health authorities and are encouraged to make all purchases prior to the flight online (e.g. checked in luggage, WIZZ Priority, fast security track), to minimize any possible physical contact at the airport. Click here to view Wizz Air’s new health and safety video, for more information.

By adding WIZZ Flex to a booking, passengers can rest assured that if circumstances change, or they simply wish to travel on a different date, or to a different destination, they can rebook on any WIZZ flight of their choice. Providing that extra layer of protection for passenger bookings, is a peace of mind during these uncertain times.

Wizz Air will start recruiting young and ambitious candidates for its new base. Cabin crew recruitment days are displayed here.

József VáradiCEO of Wizz Air Group said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of our base in Tirana today. After three years of successful operations we are dedicated to bringing more affordable travel to our Albanian customers while helping ramp up the local tourism sector. Our long term commitment to Albania by bringing further connectivity to Tirana and Albania will help foster economic ties with other countries. Opening our base and allocating three state-of-the-art modern aircraft is a step forward to strengthening our long term presence in Albania. We are delighted to add fifteen new exciting routes today and keep ourselves to the highest standards of our sanitizing protocols. We are confident that Wizz Air’s ultra-low fares and great route network will make travel affordable to ever more passengers.”

Mr. Constantin von Alvensleben, CEO of Tirana Airport, commented: “We are very happy to welcome the establishment of the new base of Wizz Air in Tirana. This means fair competition between airlines, more passengers when our borders will be open, affordable ticket prices and travel opportunities for the people.  After the difficult months of COVID-19, the essence of success tastes better and it gives us our optimism back. With the experience of providing low fare but high quality services in the past years in Tirana, we are confident that this new base in Tirana of Wizz Air will bring more economic growth to the region, a signal that we all want at this very moment. We aim at the standards, low ticket prices and opportunities to travel and to explore the world. This is our mission at the end, because Tirana International Airport is about people, their plans, and their will to travel and our contribution to make it easy and pleasant”.