Wizz Air inaugurates 13 routes during first week of S18

Wizz Air Luton

Wizz Air opened two routes from London Luton this week, namely Bari and Bratislava, with the former marking the carrier’s first route between two Western European airports. The airline will fly between Luton and Bari twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) until 20 April when the frequency increases to four times weekly. The ULCC will link Luton to Bratislava daily, with it competing indirectly against Ryanair’s 12 times weekly operation from London Stansted.

Wizz Air Athens

Having inaugurated flights between Katowice and Athens on 9 March, Wizz Air opened a further five routes to the Greek capital this week, including Bucharest, Budapest, Chisinau, Cluj-Napoca and Sofia. Flights to Kutaisi, London Luton and Vilnius will begin in the coming weeks. Seen cutting the cake in Athens, with the calorific creation symbolising the nine routes that the carrier will operate from Athens this summer, are Denis Filip, Regional Marketing Manager, Wizz Air, and Ioanna Papadopoulou, Communications and Marketing Director, Athens Airport.

Wizz Air Dortmund

Wizz Air started two routes from Dortmund this week – Lviv and Poznan. Seen greeting the airline’s crew in Dortmund to pose for a picture to promote the new routes is Guido Miletic, Head of Marketing & Sales for the German airport. Wizz Air is planning to open a further three routes from Dortmund before the end of S18, namely Iasi, Kharkiv and Olsztyn-Mazury. For W18/19, the carrier has already confirmed that it will link Dortmund to Vienna.

Wizz Air Riga

Wizz Air launched its latest route from Riga on 25 March, Kutaisi in Georgia. Posing with the route launch cake alongside Wizz Air ambassadors Niks Bērziņš and Samanta Balode is Riga Airport’s Route Development Manager Laura Audariņa. Flights will operate twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) between the two airports.

  • Wizz Air inaugurated 13 routes during the first week of the 2018 summer season, with the most notable launches being to the Greek capital – Athens (ATH). Having launched its first flight to Athens from Katowice on 9 March, this week the ULCC started flying to the historic city from Bucharest (OTP), Budapest (BUD), Chisinau (KIV), Cluj-Napoca (CLJ) and Sofia (SOF). Flights to Kutaisi, London Luton and Vilnius will launch in the coming weeks. Along with accelerating expansion from Athens, Wizz Air has also introduced two routes from its biggest airport operation – London Luton (LTN) – with the airline connecting its UK base to Bari (BRI) and Bratislava (BTS), with the former being the airline’s first route between two Western European airports based on country classification by OAG. Of the 13 routes launched by Wizz Air this week, the average weekly frequency is 3.4, while the mean sector length is 1,109 kilometres. Only four of the routes started this week will face direct competition, with all of these being sectors from Athens. Vote for either Athens or Riga’s cake in this week’s Cake of the Week Public Vote.
Launched From To Aircraft (WF) Competition
25-Mar Bucharest (OTP) Athens (ATH) A320 (7) Aegean Airlines (10), Ryanair (7), TAROM (5)
Budapest (BUD) A320 (4) Ryanair (4), Aegean Airlines (3)
Chisinau (KIV) A320 (2) Air Moldova (1)
Cluj-Napoca (CLJ)  
Sofia (SOF) A320 (7) Ryanair (7), Aegean Airlines (6), Bulgaria Air (2)
Dortmund (DTM) Lviv (LWO) A320 (2)  
London Luton (LTN) Bari (BRI)  
Bratislava (BTS) A320 (7)  
Poznan (POZ) Dortmund (DTM) A320 (4)  
Riga (RIX) Kutaisi (KUT) A320 (2)  
26-Mar Gdansk (GDN) Lviv (LWO)  
Katowice (KTW)  
Sofia (SOF) Nice (NCE)  
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 27 March. WF = Weekly frequencies.


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