Budapest Airport recently celebrated the significant launch of Wizz Air’s new links to five capital cities in the Balkans – Skopje, Podgorica, Pristina, Sarajevo and Tirana, with the former two having launched last week. Seen at the launch celebrations are: Korab Mushkolaj, Consul of Kosovo to Hungary; Arian Spasse, Ambassador of Albania to Hungary; Dervishaj Sokol, Albanian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure; Igor Esmerov, Ambassador of Macedonia to Hungary; Jozsef Varadi, CEO, Wizz Air; Dr. Robert Homolya, State Secretary, Department of Transportation, Ministry of National Development; Aleksandar Mostrokol, Ambassador of Montenegro to Hungary; Aleksandar Dragičević, Ambassador of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Hungary; and Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport.
Along with welcoming Pristina, Sarajevo and Tirana to its departure boards this week, Budapest also gained new routes to Bergen and Hannover, while a connection to Lamezia Terme was also celebrated, with it beginning on 12 April. Creating their moment to remember at the route inaugurations are Gabor Vasarhelyi, Corporate Communications Manager, Wizz Air and Balázs Bogáts, Head of Airline Development at Budapest Airport. They then posed with the vibrantly coloured three-tiered cake, which depicts the new route connections, along with the Wizz Air crew.
Wizz Air on 10 April commenced flights between Budapest and Hannover. Seen holding the IATA codes for both airports on the new sector, along with the first flight crew, is Martin Altemöller, VP Aviation, Hannover Airport. The route will be flown by Wizz Air four times weekly facing no direct competition. Budapest is now Wizz Air’s fourth connection to Hannover, with the Hungarian capital joining Bucharest, Kiev Zhulyany and Skopje.
Bergen Airport celebrated with traditional route launch cake the start of Wizz Air flights from Budapest. Launched 10 April, the 1,690-kilometre sector will be served by the airline twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) on its A320s.
Wizz Air introduced Pristina to its network on 7 April, the airline’s first destination in Kosovo. To welcome the carrier, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held to officially open Wizz Air’s Budapest connection. From June a second route, London Luton, will be launched, with it scheduled to be flown twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) from 24 June.
- Wizz Air has this week broadened its Budapest (BUD) network by commencing five new routes, with three being new airports on the airline’s network – Pristina (PRN), Sarajevo (SJJ) and Tirana (TIA), adding to the Skopje and Podgorica launches that took place last week from Budapest. The additions of Pristina, Sarajevo and Tirana to Wizz Air’s network add to the three other airports it welcomed last week to its route map – Faro, Lamezia Terme and Santander. Speaking at a press conference in Hungary, Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport said of Wizz Air’s new Balkan connections: “The launch of Wizz Air’s latest links is a significant step in re-establishing good connections between Hungary and important economic destinations in the Balkan Peninsula. Working closely with Wizz Air we have ensured Budapest’s accessibility in the region, as well as further improving business relations between the countries.” He added: “Wizz Air carried 3.3 million passengers on its Budapest routes in 2016 and now, along with its latest additions to our network map, we look forward to ensuring the continued growth of one of our largest airline partner’s services.” Along with welcoming the capitals of Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo to its Budapest network this week, Wizz Air has also introduced services to Bergen (BGO) and Hannover (HAJ) from the Hungarian capital. Apart from flights to Hannover, which will be flown four times weekly, the remaining four services launched this week will see a twice-weekly operation. The average sector length of the five routes is 841 kilometres, with none of the five facing direct competition. The next route that Wizz Air will launch from Budapest will take place on 12 April – Lamezia Terme – while Astana (launching 8 June), Bordeaux (22 September) and Frankfurt (15 December) are also scheduled to launch later this year. See how Pristina, Sarajevo and Tirana’s FTWAs compare to others from around the world.
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 11 April 2017. WF = Weekly Frequency.