Wizz Air’s Warsaw Chopin to Birmingham
On stand in Birmingham on 14 September is Wizz Air’s first flight from Warsaw Chopin. Welcoming the inaugural flight to the UK’s second city is Birmingham Airport’s: Tom Screen, Head of Aviation Development; William Pearson, Aviation Development Director; and Paul Kehoe, CEO, alongside Councillor Fran Oborski MBE, and two Wizz Air cabin crew. Flights from the Polish capital will operate twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays.
The brand new Wizz Air crew based in Lublin welcomed the first based aircraft to the Polish airport on 14 September, with the launch of services to Brussels Charleroi also taking place on the same day. In total, Wizz Air will operate to six destinations from Lublin. The airport celebrated the day with not one, but two ribbon cuttings, with one at check-in and one at the gate.
On 14 September, Vilnius Airport welcomed the arrival of Wizz Air’s new service to Billund. The 1,028-kilometre sector will operate on Mondays and Fridays facing no direct competition according to OAG Schedules Analyser data. The Lithuanian airport celebrated the launch with traditional cake and ribbon cutting.
On 14 September, Memmingen Airport celebrated the inaugural service of flights to Vilnius. Flights on the 1,276-kilometre sector will be flown using A320s, with a Monday and Friday rotation.
- Wizz Air commenced services on four new airport pairs on 14 September, including the airline’s first services to Birmingham (BHX) from Warsaw Chopin (WAW). The 1,535-kilometre sector connecting the Polish capital with the UK’s second city will operate twice-weekly on Mondays and Fridays, facing no direct competition. The city pair was last operated by bmibaby in 2008. Commenting on the launch from Birmingham, Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport CEO, said: “It is fantastic to welcome another new airline to Birmingham; our seventh this year. Warsaw is a very popular tourist destination that has not been served from Birmingham for some time so we are extremely pleased to be able to offer our customers even more choice, and thank Wizz Air for recognising the Midlands as a new market opportunity.” The carrier will also launch services from Birmingham to Budapest on 15 September. Other new routes launched on the 14 September include services from Lublin (LUZ) to Brussels Charleroi (CRL). The route becomes the sixth for the carrier from the Polish city, which is now a base for the low-cost airline. None of the airport pairs will face any competition, and all will be served with a twice-weekly operation, flown by the airline’s A320s. See how Birmingham Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
||Brussels Charleroi (CRL)
|Warsaw Chopin (WAW)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser for w/c 15 September 2015. WF = Weekly frequencies