Craiova becomes Wizz Air’s Romanian base #5; new routes to Bologna, Rome Ciampino, Dortmund and Barcelona
Wizz Air commenced its first flight from Craiova Airport on 13 May 2013, when it began twice-weekly operations on the 1,127-kilometre sector to Milan/Bergamo. Since then, the Hungarian ULCC added a further service to London Luton on 29 October 2013 with twice-weekly flights, and opened its fifth Romanian base (#18 overall) during the course of last week, with a single aircraft deployed at the airport. Therefore, the airline’s 180-seat A320 based at Craiova will be operating to four new destinations: two in Italy (Bologna and Rome Ciampino), one in Germany (Dortmund) and one in Spain (Barcelona). In fact, Wizz Air is not only adding new routes from Craiova, but is also increasing frequencies on the existing services to Luton and Milan/Bergamo from twice-weekly to thrice-weekly and from twice-weekly to four times weekly respectively.
|Launched||To (code)||WF (days of week)|
|23 Jul||Bologna (BLQ)||2 (3,7)|
|23 Jul||Rome Ciampino (CIA)||2 (3,7)|
|24 Jul||Dortmund (DTM)||3 (2,4,6)|
|25 Jul||Barcelona (BCN)||2 (1,5)|
|Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 5 August 2014. WF = Weekly frequencies.|
16 departures per week
Analysis of Innovata schedule data for week commencing 5 August 2014 indicates that Wizz Air will be operating a total of 16 flights per week from Craiova, with Milan/Bergamo being the most frequently served destination with four weekly flights. As a matter of fact, the Hungarian ULCC is the only operator at the airport located in the south-western part of Romania. In terms of capacity, the airline is offering 2,880 weekly seats.
|Weekly departures||Destination (code)|
|2||Barcelona (BCN), Bologna (BLQ), Rome Ciampino (CIA)|
|3||Dortmund (DTM), London Luton (LTN)|
|Source: Innovata / Diio Mi for w/c 5 August 2014.|
No spare capacity in the schedule
The following table represents the full operational schedule of Wizz Air from Craiova, following the inaugural of the four new routes and the increase in frequencies on the existing services. With the longest sector being the 1,979-kilometre route to Luton, and the shortest being launched to Ciampino at 961 kilometres, Wizz Air doesn’t offer any spare capacity in its schedule at Craiova. Nevertheless, the low-cost operator is ending its services at 20:35 three days a week, which could still provide a short sector opportunity, to perhaps Budapest (just 500 kilometres away) to connect to the airline’s network of services from the Hungarian capital.
|Aircraft||Depart CRA||Routing||Arrive CRA|
|Monday||06:25||CRA — BGY — CRA — BCN — CRA||22:50|
|Tuesday||06:00||CRA — DTM — CRA — LTN — CRA||20:35|
|Wednesday||06:25||CRA — BGY — CRA — CIA — CRA — BLQ — CRA||00:45|
|Thursday||06:00||CRA — DTM — CRA — LTN — CRA||20:35|
|Friday||06:25||CRA — BGY — CRA — BCN — CRA||22:50|
|Saturday||06:00||CRA — DTM — CRA — LTN — CRA||20:35|
|Sunday||06:25||CRA — BGY — CRA — CIA — CRA — BLQ — CRA||00:45|
|Source: Wizz Air website.|
Destinations already served from other Romanian bases
The four new routes launched from Craiova are all existing Wizz Air destinations in Europe, being served from the Hungarian ULCC’s other Romanian bases at Cluj Napoca, Bucharest, Targu Mures and Timisoara. The exceptions are Dortmund from Timisoara as well as Bologna and Ciampino from Targu Mures, but flights from the latter are still operating to Rome’s other airport at Fiumicino.
“The opening of our fifth base in Romania and 18th base overall is truly delightful news. This is an important milestone for our presence in the Dolj County and indicates our commitment to offer Romanian consumers and their visitors affordable fares from just RON 69 [Є16], coupled with an excellent travel experience,” highlights Daniel de Carvalho, Corporate Communications Manager, Wizz Air. “Our brand new based A320 will further enhance the travel opportunities on the Romanian market and we look forward to many satisfied passengers and a fruitful partnership with Craiova Airport,” added de Carvalho.