Budapest - On March 13, the Hungarian low-cost Wizz Air launched the largest expansion phase of its fourteen years of operations, representing an investment of more than two
billion dollars in eleven bases in Europe.
Over the next 17 weeks, the airline will deploy 21 new aircraft to its European bases, which will allow the 700 additional weekly departures and the launch of 70 new lines.
By mid-July, Wizz Air will also add four new destinations to its network: Athens, Tallinn, Kharkiv, and Vienna. The Austrian capital will become the first base of Wizz Air in Western Europe.
Wizz Air's expansion in 2018 represents an investment of more than $ 2 billion in 11 bases in the United Kingdom, Austria, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, Romania, and Georgia,the company said.
The expansion phase begins this week in Budapest, with the arrival of an Airbus A320 to the Hungarian capital. It will coincide with the launch of a new route to Stavanger in Norway.
The new lines of Wizz Air fır the summer of 2018 are:
- Basel-Mulhouse (Wroclaw in March, Budapest in May, Sibiu in June),
- Beauvais (Lasi and Kutaisi in May, Sibiu in June),
- Bordeaux (Warsaw in March),
- Charleroi (Sibiu in April, Lasi in June)
- Nice (Sofia in March, Bucharest in June).
Owain Jones, the CEO of the company, says that the company begins the largest expansion phase to date in its history.
In terms of employment, 700 employees of 15 nationalities will join Wizz Air between March and July 2018.
The Hungarian "All Airbus" operator has so far received only 87 of 368 single-aisles ordered from the European manufacturer.
Being a member of the IndiGo Partners Group, the airline was founded in September 2003. The network includes 600 routes to 145 destinations in 44 countries.