Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air yesterday started the biggest operational ramp-up across its network in the airline’s history.
In the upcoming 17 weeks a total of 21 aircraft will be allocated to its European bases, supporting 700 additional weekly departures and the commencement of 70 new services.
Four brand new routes – Athens, Tallinn, Kharkiv, and Vienna – will be inaugurated by mid-July, along with the opening of a new Western European base in Vienna.
The expansion of Wizz in 2018 represents an investment of more than $2 billion at 11 bases in the UK, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Romania and Georgia.
Wizz Air begins its 2018 expansion in Budapest this week, with the arrival of an additional new Airbus A320, which will be the 11 aircraft based in Hungarian capital, coinciding with the launch of a new route to Stavanger in Norway.
Wizz Air chief executive officer, Owain Jones, said: ”Today we are starting the greatest expansion phase to date in Wizz’s history. Wizz Air remains committed to its mission of making air travel affordable for more people than ever before, by offering the lowest prices made possible by its ULCC business model.
“More and more customers choose to fly with Wizz Air every year, enjoying the connectivity of Wizz Air’s extensive route network of more than 600 routes to 145 destinations across 44 countries.
“The 70 new routes that will start in the upcoming 17 weeks will add to the opportunities for travel available to our customers which, in turn, will boost the business links and economies of the communities we serve.”