Wizz Air this week celebrated the 11-year anniversary of its base opening in Bucharest, with the carrier choosing to celebrate the occasion by basing its 10th aircraft at the Romanian capital airport. Along with the extra unit deployment, the carrier has opened up four new routes from the city this year. Back on 25 March it launched flights to Athens, while this week the ULCC launched new service to Nice (launched 26 June) and Gothenburg (27 June). Flights to Kutaisi will launch on 3 July. Seen at the carrier’s press conference, which focused on Wizz Air’s expansion from the Romanian capital, is Sorina Ratz, Acting Head of Corporate Communications, Wizz Air, pictured alongside Bucharest-based crew.
On 27 June, Wizz Air launched flights between Bucharest and Gothenburg, a route that the ULCC will operate twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays). To mark the opening of the route, the Swedish airport held a ribbon cutting ceremony. Carrying out the honour, along with the Wizz Air captain who helped operate the inaugural flight, are Helena Mårtén, Business Development Manager, Swedavia, and Charlotte Ljunggren, Director, Gothenburg Airport.
Wizz Air launched a European capital connection between Kiev Zhulyany and Berlin Schönefeld on 1 July, a 1,189-kilometre sector that the ULCC will operate four times weekly using its fleet of A320s. Pictured along with the crew at the launch of the new service are Johannes Mohrmann, Senior Manager Key Account and Business Development, Berlin Brandenburg (third left), and Yuliya Tkachuk, Working Student Aviation Marketing, Berlin Brandenburg (fourth right).
Wizz Air launched flights between Vienna and Eindhoven this week, with the Austrian airport also taking the opportunity to promote the airline’s new link to Malaga which launched on 3 July. Services to Eindhoven will operate twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays), with no other airline presently flying between the two European cities.
- Wizz Air has added five new routes to its network this week, with it expanding from its bases at Bucharest (OTP), Kiev Zhulyany (IEV) and its recently opened Vienna (VIE) operation. The airline this week also marked the 11-year anniversary of its base opening at the Romanian capital airport, marking the occasion by stationing a 10th based unit at the gateway. Of the five routes that the ULCC launched this week, only one faces direct competition, with that being the 1,508-kilometre sector between the Romanian capital and Nice (NCE), with Blue Air (four times weekly) and TAROM (three times weekly) already serving the city pair. The average frequency of the five routes launched this week is three, while the mean sector length is 1,373 kilometres.
||Blue Air (4), TAROM (3)
||Kiev Zhulyany (IEV)
||Berlin Schönefeld (SXF)
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser w/c 3 July. WF = Weekly frequencies.