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Wizz Air, the fastest growing airline in Europe and the leading low cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, today announces its new and transparent baggage policy which is aimed at easing boarding for passengers and which guarantees all passengers to bring one free carry-on bag into the aircraft cabin on all Wizz Air flights, from 1 November 2018.

The airline’s historic figures show that more than 10,000 flights per year are affected by baggage-related delays. Figures also show that in the past five years the average length of stay at a destination has been continuously declining and by now every third Wizz Air traveller books trips for three days or less. As a consequence of shorter trips, WIZZ passengers pack light and smart. Every third passenger purchased a checked in bag while only every seventh passenger opted for the Trolley bag, which could be brought on board.

As of 1 November, every passenger is entitled to bring one free carry-on bag (40x30x20 cm) on board, while those passengers who purchase WIZZ Priority will be allowed to carry a trolley bag (55x40x23 cm) into the cabin as well. Based on customer feedback and the changing travel patterns, Wizz Air has introduced a 10kg checked in bag to facilitate comfortable travel experience with prices starting from as low as €7.

The airline’s new clear and fair baggage policy is the policy of choices for our passengers as it allows WIZZ customers to choose among more than 50 carry-on and checked in baggage variations based on their individual preferences.

Johan Eidhagen, Chief Marketing Officer of Wizz Air said:Passengers want unbundled products and that is at the heart of the Ultra Low Cost Model, Wizz Air applies too. We want to offer our customers the lowest possible fares as well as a transparent view into ticket pricing. By unbundling products and services, Wizz Air democratizes the way of travelling and allows for a pay-per-need offer.”

We encourage our passengers to pack smart and purchase WIZZ Priority, which includes a free carry-on bag (40x30x20 cm), a trolley bag (55x40x23 cm) to be carried on board, Priority check in and Priority boarding from as low as €5.

Bookings without WIZZ Priority made before 10 October for the travel period after 1 November 2018 will be upgraded with a free 10kg checked in bag, while bookings with a checked in baggage will be upgraded with WIZZ Priority.

Wizz Air believes that this transparent and clear approach to baggage policy will contribute to a more comfortable and quicker boarding, a better customer experience and at the same time enhance the airline’s on time departure performance. With more certainty that a bag can fit on board, and a new, wider selection of baggage size and weight options, customers now have an unprecedented assortment of combinations to choose from.

Johan Eidhagen added: “We are delighted to introduce our new, transparent and fair-for-all baggage policy which offers the widest selection of baggage choices for our customers, while allowing a free carry-on bag for every passenger. We are convinced that our versatile offer of more than 50 baggage combinations will address the needs of our customers in a personalized manner and our passengers will continue to pay only for those services they want to use. Starting 1 November we will make travelling more comfortable while continuously offering the lowest possible fares throughout our extensive network of 143 destinations in 44 countries.”

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Wizz Air announces major changes in Poland, drops Poznan

Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 HA-LWF (msn 3562) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943580.

Wizz Air has announced network adjustment and market optimization plans of its Polish operations to reflect changing customer demand.

On March 30, 2019, the airline will close its base in Poznan and add one Airbus A320 aircraft to its Gdansk fleet, allowing to launch four new services from the Pomeranian region.

Wizz Air also announced that due to high customer demand it will convert its Warsaw fleet to an all-A321 fleet, adding two new routes and increasing capacity in the Polish capital, and also add one new service from Wroclaw to Kharkiv in Ukraine.

Wizz Air has decided to adjust its Poznan network plan, close the base and take advantage of growth opportunities by reallocating the capacity to other Polish routes with higher demand effective from March 30, 2019. Wizz Air will continue to operate a number of its routes from Poznan, including the Paris-Beauvais, London-Luton, Eindhoven, Doncaster-Sheffield and Torp-Sandefjord services. All affected employees at the Poznan base will be offered opportunities elsewhere in the Wizz Air network.

As a result of the optimization, 7 aircraft (Airbus A320) will be added to the Gdansk fleet, expanding the network with four exciting new routes connecting Gdansk with Kharkiv from October 28, 2018 and Oslo, Kutaisi and Bremen, from early April, as well as increasing the number of weekly flights on popular routes to Aberdeen, Lviv, Gothenburg and Kyiv. The new aircraft will also facilitate the creation of more than 30 additional direct jobs with the airline at the Gdansk base.

Underpinned by strong customer demand in the region, by April 2019 Wizz Air will upgrade its Warsaw fleet to an all-A321 fleet, consisting of eight 230-seat aircraft and adding 11% more capacity to the airline’s operations from the capital, while continue to keep its fares low. The all-A321 fleet will contribute to a more efficient, more silent and more environment-friendly operations thanks to the state-of-the-art ergonomics of the Airbus A321.

The aircraft, which were allocated to Katowice and Warsaw for the 2018 peak summer season, will return to these bases for the coming 2019 summer season and remain part of the operations. In 2019, Wizz Air will have almost 10.5 million seats on sale on its low-fare routes from its eight Polish airports, which represents a 2.5% capacity growth year over year.

Wizz Air’s first flight took off from Poland in May 2004 and since then, the airline has constantly expanded its operations carrying over 63 million passengers on its low-fare Polish routes. In the first eight months of 2018, over 6.3 million passengers flew with WIZZ to and from Poland, 19% more than in the same period of the previous year.


WIZZ AIR’S NEW ROUTES FROM POLAND

Route Days Starts Fares From*
Gdansk-Kharkiv Wednesday, Sunday 28 October 2018 PLN 39 / EUR 9.99
Gdansk-Kutaisi Tuesday, Saturday 2 April 2019 PLN 89 / 19.99 EUR
Gdansk-Bremen Tuesday, Saturday 2 April 2019 PLN 89 / 19.99 EUR
Gdansk-Oslo Daily 4 April 2019 PLN 89 / 19.99 EUR
Warsaw-Vienna Daily 28 October 2018 PLN 119 / EUR 27.49
Warsaw-Marrakesh Wednesday, Sunday 31 October 2018 PLN 189 / EUR 44.99
Wroclaw-Kharkiv Wednesday, Sunday 28 October 2018 PLN 39 / EUR 9.99

 

WIZZ AIR’S FREQUENCY INCREASES FROM GDANSK

Route Days Additional frequency Starts
Gdansk-Aberdeen Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 2xà3x 31 March 2019
Gdansk-Lviv Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday 2xà4x 31 March 2019
Gdansk-Gotenburg Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday 4xà5x 31 March 2019
Gdansk-Kyiv Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 2xà3x 31 March 2019

*one-way, including taxes and non-optional charges

**ACI suggests creation of 750 on-site jobs for every 1 million carried passengers per year

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Wizz Air): Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 HA-LWF (msn 3562) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943580.

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Wizz Air announces further expansion in Ukraine

Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 HA-LWI (msn 4628) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 940680.

Wizz Air has announced that it will further expand its operations in Ukraine by adding a fourth Airbus A320 aircraft at its Kyiv base in March 2019, launching five long-awaited routes from Kyiv and Lviv airports and increasing the number of tickets offered with over 45% next year.

The new low fare routes announced will operate from Kyiv to Breman, Billund and Riga and from Lviv to Copenhagen and Frankfurt Hahn.

The new aircraft will arrive on March 1, 2019 and will support the service of the 5 new routes from Ukraine from which, Wizz’s routes to Kyiv-Bremen, Kyiv-Billund, Lviv-Copenhagen and Lvivi-Frankfurt Hahn are the only direct connections.

Wizz Air started its operations from Kyiv International Airport in 2008.

Wizz Air also released its 2019 summer schedule from Kyiv airport.

WIZZ AIR’S NEW ROUTES FROM UKRAINE

New routes Frequency Start date Fares from*
Kyiv – Riga Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays 2 March 2019 24.99 EUR / 759 UAH
Kyiv – Bremen Mondays, Fridays 1 March 2019 24.99 EUR / 759 UAH
Kyiv – Billund Tuesdays, Saturdays 2 March 2019 24.99 EUR / 759 UAH
Lviv – Copenhagen Wednesdays, Sundays 3 March 2019 24.99 EUR / 759 UAH
Lviv – Frankfurt Hahn Mondays, Fridays 14 December 2018 24.99 EUR / 759 UAH

 

WIZZ AIR’S FREQUENCY INCREASE ON EXISTING ROUTES

New routes Weekly flights
Kyiv – Lisbon 3 from 2

 
Top Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 HA-LWI (msn 4628) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 940680.

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Wizz Air continues its expansion in Eilat, Israel

Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 HA-LWG (msn 4308) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942988.

Wizz Air continues its expansion in Eilat Israel, launching 2 new low-fare routes Israel: Budapest – Eilat (Ovda) and Sofia – Eilat (Ovda). The new low-fare services, with convenient schedules, will start operating during November 2018, along with 5 other winter routes from Eilat: London, Vienna, Bucharest, Riga and Warsaw.

Wizz’s first flight from Tel Aviv was in 2012. Wizz Air’s operations on the Eilat routes have grown by 62.5% compared to last year. In 2017 the company offered 72,000 seats and this year (2018) the company will offer 117,000 seats.

The company currently offers 25 routes to 9 countries from Tel Aviv and Eilat airports. This year, the airline is offering 1.3 million seats in routes to and from Israel and in 2019 the company is expected to offer 1.6 million seats.

WIZZ AIR’S NEWEST ROUTES FROM ISRAEL

Route Days Starting date Fares from
Budapest – Eilat (Ovda) Monday, Friday 9 November 2018 EUR 19.99
Sofia – Eilat (Ovda) Tuesday, Saturday 10 November 2018 EUR 19.99

*One way including all taxes and non-optional charges

Top Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (wizzair.com) (Hungary) Airbus A320-232 HA-LWG (msn 4308) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 942988.

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Wizz Air to add 11 new routes

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXL (msn 7488) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943009.

Wizz Air has announced further expansion of its network footprint across Europe with 11 new routes, creating exciting travel opportunities from 17 cities in 13 countries. The services will commence at the end of October.

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Including this announcement, Wizz is adding more than 125 new routes in 2018 and over 700 additional weekly flights on existing services across its extensive and diversified network covering already more than 140 destinations across 44 countries.

WIZZ AIR’S NEWEST ROUTES:

Route: Operating Days Starts Fares From*
Vienna – Warsaw Daily 28 October 2018 19.99 EUR / 89 PLN
Gdansk – Kharkiv Wednesday, Sunday 28 October 2018 9.99 EUR / 39 PLN / 299 UAH
Wroclaw – Kharkiv Wednesday, Sunday 28 October 2018 9.99 EUR / 39 PLN / 299 UAH
Lviv – Vilnius Monday, Friday 29 October 2018 14.99 EUR / UAH 459
Lviv – Bratislava Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 30 October 2018 14.99 EUR / UAH 459
Pristina – Mulhouse Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 20 November 2018 19.99 EUR
Pristina – Munich Memmingen Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 30 October 2018 19.99 EUR
Pristina – Dortmund Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 15 December 2018 19.99 EUR
Tirana – Dortmund Tuesday, Saturday (Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday in winter peak) 30 October 2018 19.99 EUR
Budapest – Doncaster/Sheffield Monday, Wednesday, Friday 29 October 2018 16.99 EUR /6090 HUF /17.99 GBP
Craiova – Charleroi Tuesday, Saturday 15 December 2018 14.99 EUR / 69 RON

* One way including all taxes and non-optional charges

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Wizz Air): Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXL (msn 7488) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943009.

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Wizz Air announces two new routes from London Luton

Wizz Air  (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXH (msn 7217) FRA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937147.

Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest growing airline groups including Wizz Air UK, has announced that it would further expand its London Luton base with a ninth Airbus A321 Airbus and expand its UK route network with two new routes from London Luton to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon and Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv.

In addition, the new aircraft will see Wizz Air increasing the weekly flight frequency for three existing London Luton routes. Flights to Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, will increase from three to five a week; flights to the Albanian capital of Tirana will increase from three to four a week; and to Satu Mare in Romania from two to three a week.

The additional A321 Airbus at the London Luton base will bring Wizz Air’s total investment in its UK operations this year to almost $1 billion and will create additional jobs. Wizz Air’s local team in London Luton will have grown this year to more than 350 aviation professionals and support over 5,300 jobs on a yearly basis in supporting industries.

The new services announced bring the total number of new UK routes for 2018 to 19, and the number of new routes from London Luton to 14, including Larnaca, Tirana, Tallinn, Bratislava, Lviv, Athens, Keflavik, Eilat, Grenoble, Verona, Bari and Tromsø.

Currently the second largest operator at London Luton, 2018 has been a year of significant growth for Wizz Air’s local operations, with 7.17 million seats on sale on 53 services available from London Luton in 2018, representing a 20% increase year-on-year.

WIZZ AIR’S NEWEST ROUTES FROM LONDON LUTON AIRPORT:

 

Destination Operating Days Starts Fares From*
Lisbon, Portugal Daily 28 October 2018 £17.99*
Kharkiv, Ukraine Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 13 November 2018 £17.99*

WIZZ AIR’S FREQUENCY INCREASES ON EXISTING LONDON LUTON ROUTES:

Destination Weekly Flights
Pristina, Kosovo 5 from 3
Tirana, Albania 4 from 3
Satu Mare 3 from 2

*One way including all taxes, non-optional charges and cabin bag

Top Copyright Photo: Wizz Air (Hungary) Airbus A321-231 WL HA-LXH (msn 7217) FRA (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937147.

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IAG, Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air submit French ATC strikes complaint to European Commission

A320neo, delivered on April 25, 2018

International Airlines Group (IAG), Ryanair, easyJet and Wizz Air have submitted complaints to the European Commission against France as its air traffic controllers’ strikes restrict the fundamental principle of freedom of movement within the EU.

The airlines are not questioning the right to strike but believe France is breaking EU law by not enabling flights over the country during strikes. Passengers on overflights are being denied their fundamental freedom to travel between member states not affected by strike action.

So far this year, French ATC strikes have increased by 300 per cent versus 2017. Last month, the French Senate confirmed that France alone is responsible for 33 per cent of flight delays in Europe. The Senate states also that the right to strike has to be balanced against the obligation to provide public service. (*).

Willie Walsh, IAG’s chief executive, said: “The right to strike needs to be balanced against freedom of movement. It’s not only customers flying in and out of France who are affected during French ATC strikes. Passengers on routes that overfly France, especially the large airspace that covers Marseille and the Mediterranean, are also subject to delays and massive disruptions. This affects all airlines but has a significant negative impact on Spain’s tourism and economy.”

The complaints state that there is a legal precedent to this case. In 1997, the Spanish complained to the European Commission after they suffered for many years when French farmers prevented their fruit and vegetable exports into the EU. The European Court ruled against France as the French authorities didn’t address the farmers’ actions and failed to ensure the free movement of goods (**).

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair’s chief executive, said: “Europe’s ATC providers are reaching the point of meltdown with hundreds of flights being cancelled and delayed daily either because of ATC strikes or because Europe’s ATC don’t have enough staff. When Greece and Italy have ATC strikes, overflights continue as normal. Why won’t France do the same? ATC providers (especially in Germany and the UK) are hiding behind adverse weather and euphemisms such as “capacity restrictions” when the truth is they are not rostering enough air traffic controllers to cater for the number of flights that are scheduled to operate. These disruptions are unacceptable, and we call on Europe’s Governments and the EU Commission to take urgent and decisive action to ensure that ATC providers are fully staffed and that overflights are not affected when national strikes take place, as they repeatedly do in France.”

Johan Lundgren, easyJet’s chief executive, said: “We fully respect the right to strike and have been in constructive dialogue with the EU and the French government to address the issue of ATC strikes. Unfortunately, our passengers have felt little progress so far, which is why we felt it is necessary to take this next step – particularly given the sustained industrial action this year which has totalled 29 days to date.”

József Váradi, Wizz Air’s chief executive, said: “The failure of French air traffic control authorities to ensure a continued and adequate service has already caused massive disruption to the travel plans of thousands of passengers across Europe, with airlines left to pick up the pieces. Addressing this issue must be a priority for the European authorities to ensure European citizens and businesses are no longer held hostage to national industrial relations issues.”

According to Eurocontrol, more than 16,000 flights had been delayed by June this year due to ATC strikes, affecting more than two million passengers.

Last summer, the European Commission said that since 2005 there have been around 357 ATC strikes in Europe. That’s the equivalent of roughly one month per year when the EU skies are disrupted.

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British Airways aircraft slide show: British Airways Airbus A320-251N WL G-TTNB (msn 8139) LIS (Stefan Sjogren). Image: 942707.

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