Wizz Air has become the latest airline to add routes from expanding London Southend Airport, adding to flights it already operates from London airports Gatwick and Luton.
From November, the Central and Eastern European low-cost carrier will start services to Bucharest (five times a week) and Vilnius (twice a week) in Lithuania, utilising Airbus A320 aircraft.
Wizz will also run a third route from London Southend, a temporary service to Sibiu. This will not be a permanent fixture in the carrier’s network from the Essex gateway.
Stobart Group said as a result of the new routes, it expects to welcome an additional 250,000 passengers in the first year of the five-year agreement, building towards its target of five million per annum by February 2023.
Wizz Air has joined an increasing number of operators based at London Southend Airport, including easyJet, Air Malta, Ryanair, Loganair and Flybe (Connect Airways). Customers now have more than 40 domestic and European destinations from which to choose.
Stobart Group CEO, Warwick Brady said: “The agreement with Wizz Air is another significant milestone in the development of the UK’s fastest-growing airport, London Southend Airport.”
He added it was part of a plan to become “London’s next big airport”.
Last year, passenger numbers at London Southend Airport increased by one-third to more than 1.5 million.
Wizz Air has also today launched two new routes from London Luton to Castellón (twice a week) from 9 December, the Spanish city situated between Benicàssim and Valencia, and Vienna (daily), from 1 July 2020. The carrier has a 40 per cent market share at London Luton.
The four new services announced today, mean Wizz Air now has almost 11 million seats on sale on its 106 routes from 12 UK airports to Europe and beyond, representing 24 per cent growth year-on-year.