Wizz Air (Budapest), the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, has announced that it was adjusting its network and capacity plan to reflect changing customer demand. In June 2018, the airline will close its base at Lublin Airport and redeploy its Lublin-based Airbus A320 aircraft to consolidate operations at Katowice Airport. However, Wizz Air will continue to operate a number of its routes from Lublin, including the Eindhoven, London Luton, Kiev, Oslo Torp and Stockholm Skavsta services.
The capacity adjustment allows Wizz Air to launch 10 new, long-awaited Polish routes, which will connect Katowice with Porto, Munich, Lviv, Kharkiv, Malaga, Faro, Podgorica; Gdansk with Lviv; Warsaw with Podgorica and Poznan with Dortmund from March 2018.
Wizz Air’s first flight took off from Poland in May 2004 and since then, the airline has constantly expanded its operations carrying over 55 million passengers on its low-fare Polish routes. In the first ten months of 2017 over 6.84 million passengers flew with WIZZ to and from Poland, 16% more than in the same period of the previous year. Underlining its commitment to the country, Wizz Air has recently announced that it will deploy a total of three additional aircraft at its Gdansk, Wroclaw and Warsaw bases by March 2018 expanding its Polish fleet to 25 aircraft and growing its team to over 900 dedicated local employees. All affected employees at the Lublin base will be offered opportunities elsewhere in Wizz Air’s network, including relocation support.
Next year Wizz Air will have over 11.34 million seats on sale on its Polish routes, which represents a 27% growth year over year.
Wizz Air now offers 162 low-fare routes from its eight Polish airports.
In other news, Wizz Air has announced its re-start of operations from Kharkiv, which will become the carrier’s third Ukrainian airport, along with 5 new routes to be launched in 2018 from the regional airports of Lviv and Kharkiv.
As a result of the increased demand of WIZZ services by the Ukrainian passengers, the airline is delighted to offer a greater choice of flights for the Ukrainian travelers and their visitors. The new services available from Kharkiv to Dortmund and Katowice, will operate each twice per week and will start in April and June, respectively. Lviv low-fare network will be further expanded, in addition to the recently announced London-Luton connection, with three new routes to the beautiful cities of Dortmund, Katowice and Gdansk from next spring. Passengers looking for their next adventure abroad can already book their tickets on the newest on wizzair.com from just UAH 279 at wizzair.com.
Being the pioneer of high quality and lowest fares air travel in the Ukrainian market in the past decade Wizz Air continued to expand its low-fare network in 2017. From the beginning of this year, 6 new routes were launched from Kyiv to Warsaw, Poznan and Lublin in Poland, Nuremberg and Frankfurt Hann in Germany and Copenhagen in Denmark while adding a second Airbus A320 to its Kyiv fleet. Furthermore, Lviv operations were restarted this spring with 2 new services to Berlin and Wroclaw.
Together with today’s announcement, in 2018, a total of 8 new routes are still to be launched from Ukraine, bringing more truly affordable opportunities for travelers looking for their next adventure abroad, including the two new routes from Kyiv to Tallinn and Lisbon.
With this announcement Wizz Air is expanding its capacity in Ukraine by more than 130% year on year, and in 2018 will offer more than 1.8 million seats on its Ukrainian routes.
It was also announced that the company will further expand its Sibiu operations, adding a second Airbus A320 aircraft to its local fleet in June 2018. At the same time WIZZ will launch five long-awaited routes from Sibiu and increase frequencies on four popular services adding a total of 21 incremental flights to its schedule.
Together with the new connections to Copenhagen, Charleroi, Paris Beauvais, Basel and Frankfurt Hahn, starting in June 2018, Sibiu’s low fare network will be expanded to a total of 11 routes to 8 countries. The additional aircraft will also allow WIZZ to increase the frequency of flights on four services from summer 2018: London-Luton route will become daily; Memmingen Munich and Dortmund flights will increase to five, while the connection to Nuremberg will be operated four times per week.
The second Airbus A320, joining Sibiu’s fleet from June 2018, has been previously assigned to Tirgu Mures local operations. The additional aircraft to Sibiu base will further support to consolidate and diversify Transylvania’s network plan for 2018, while Sibiu’s low fare network will be expanded with a total of 21 incremental weekly frequencies, creating new travel opportunities to and from Transylvania.
Top Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 WL HA-LYG (msn 5539) (Budapest-Candidate City Olympic Games 2024) MST (Rainer Bexten). Image: 939089.