Craiova becomes Wizz Air’s Romanian base #5; new routes to Bologna, Rome Ciampino, Dortmund and Barcelona

On 23 July, Craiova Airport celebrated the opening of Wizz Air’s fifth Romanian base, with the ULCC adding four new routes to Bologna and Rome Ciampino, Dortmund and Barcelona. Besides this, the ULCC increased frequencies on the existing services to London Luton and Milan/Bergamo. Marking the achievement are: Daniel de Carvalho, Corporate Communications Manager, Wizz Air; Lia Olguta Vasilescu, Mayor of Craiova; and Ion Prioteasa, President, Dolj County Council.

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)
4 Milan/Bergamo (BGY)
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.

Romanian commitment

“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.


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