Wizz Air adds 10 new routes, including three from new Riga base

On 19 June, Wizz Air celebrated the opening of its 17th base at Riga Airport, with the launch of services to Barcelona, Doncaster Sheffield and Paris Beauvais. Cutting the celebratory ribbon are: Anrijs Matīss, Minister of Transport of Latvia; György Abrán, CCO, Wizz Air; and Aldis Mūrnieks, Chairman of the Board, Riga Airport.

Firstly, the Hungarian LCC launched on 19 June the thrice-weekly operations to Paris Beauvais. Cutting the Eiffel Tower-shaped cake are: György Abrán, CCO, Wizz Air; Aldis Mūrnieks, Chairman of the Board, Riga Airport; and Daniel de Carvalho, Corporate Communications Manager; Wizz Air.

Secondly, on 20 June, the airport celebrated with this great cake the launch of twice-weekly flights on the 1,630-kilometre sector to Doncaster Sheffield. Marking the event are: Aldis Mūrnieks, Chairman of the Board, Riga Airport; and Ewa Danecka, Нead of Riga Base, Wizz Air.

Wizz Air adds nine new routes

However, celebrations continued at the other end of the route, where the LCC was welcomed by the Yorkshire gateway with a traditional Latvian honey cake.

Finally, on 22 June, Riga celebrated Wizz Air’s inaugural flight to Barcelona, with another fantastic cake. The 2,351-kilometre sector will be served twice-weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Besides the launch of the Riga base, Wizz Air added twice-weekly flights from Gdansk to Malta, using its A320s. The inaugural flight was celebrated with this excellent cake at the Maltese gateway on 20 June.

  • Wizz Air, which in the previous week expanded its European offering with eight new routes, opened its 17th base in Riga (RIX), with three new routes launched from the Latvian capital to Barcelona (BCN), Doncaster Sheffield (DSA) and Paris Beauvais (BVA) during the course of last week. Moreover, on 31 August, Wizz Air will launch its fourth route from Riga with twice-weekly operations to Dortmund. Besides this, the Hungarian LCC inaugurated services from Gdansk (GDN), Poznan (POZ) and Warsaw Chopin (WAW) in Poland, Tuzla (TZL) in Bosnia and Herzegovina as well as from Vilnius (VNO) in Lithuania. Overall, all routes are between 800 kilometres and 2,400 kilometres in length, and will be served with an average weekly frequency of 2.1. Out of the 10 new services, Wizz Air will face competition only on the 1,603-kilometre sector to the Yorkshire gateway, from airBaltic’s eight weekly operations. Commenting on the opening of the Riga base, György Abrán, CCO, Wizz Air, said: “I am delighted to open Wizz Air’s 17th operating low-cost base with one stationed aircraft in Riga today. This is an important milestone for our presence in the Latvian market and indicates our commitment to offer Latvian consumers and their visitors truly affordable fares from just €14.99, coupled with an excellent travel experience. Beyond further enhancing the travel opportunities on the Latvian market, we also create a number of local jobs with Wizz Air and our local business partners.”
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition (WF)
20 Jun Gdansk (GDN) Malta (MLA) A320 (2)
Poznan (POZ) Eindhoven (EIN)
22 Jun Riga (RIX) Barcelona (BCN) airBaltic (8)
20 Jun Doncaster Sheffield (DSA)
19 Jun Paris Beauvais (BVA) A320 (3)
Tuzla (TZL) Dortmund (DTM)
22 Jun Eindhoven (EIN) A320 (2)
Vilnius (VNO) Larnaca (LCA)
21 Jun Warsaw Chopin (WAW) Corfu (CFU) A320 (1)
Heraklion (HER)
Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 24 June 2014. WF = Weekly frequencies.

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