Wizz Air takes C-19 new route crown as it reveals another 12 new routes (+ one resumption)
COVID-19 is not stopping Wizz Air from expanding, as the carrier announces 12 new routes and a return to another airport-pair, all from mid-July.
This follows 80-plus new routes announced in the past few weeks and four new bases. 55 new routes were disclosed very recently. It is one of the very few airlines currently announcing new routes.
Demonstrating the importance of serving airports from multiple places (if viable) for stronger negotiation and other economies, Menorca and Santorini will – very soon after joining the carrier’s network – also see service from Budapest and Vienna.
|Routing||Start date||Weekly frequencies||Direct competition* (weekly frequency)||Indirect competition*|
|Budapest – Menorca||18 July||2||None||None|
|Budapest – Santorini||15 July||2||None||None|
|Bucharest – Heraklion||16 July||2||Ellinair (1)||None|
|Chisinau – Basel||15 July||2||None||None|
|Chisinau – Hamburg||16 July||2||None||None|
|Chisinau – Nice||15 July||2||Air Moldova (2)||None|
|Krakow – Stockholm Skavsta||16 July||3||Ryanair (2)||Norwegian (5)**; Arlanda|
|Prague – Varna||17 July||2||Smartwings (3)||None|
|Sofia – Frankfurt Hahn (resumption)||17 July||2||None||Bulgaria Air (3) and Lufthansa (7); Frankfurt International|
|Vienna – Barcelona||15 July||5||Austrian (14), Lauda (9), Level (13), Vueling (3)||None|
|Vienna – Bucharest||15 July||5||Austrian (10), Lauda (2), TAROM (12)||None|
|Vienna – Menorca||17 July||2||None||None|
|Vienna – Santorini||18 July||2||Austrian (1), Lauda (1)||None|
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser and airline websites. *In the same week. Note: COVID-19 has, of course, impacted many schedules. Just three examples: Lufthansa was expected to operate 19 weekly flights to Frankfurt, yet has only 7 on sale; while Lauda has two flights on sale to Bucharest in this week period, from August it increases to 7; Austrian was expected to serve Bucharest 33 weekly, but 10 are on sale. ** While this route appears in its pull-down menu, all flights come up as sold out, so it isn’t yet operating. It is unclear when it will resume.|
Sofia – Frankfurt Hahn is a resumption. This airport-pair operated for many years, before Wizz Air moved it – and a small selection of others – to Frankfurt International.
Wizz Air ceased serving Frankfurt International this year, having only started there in January 2019.
Krakow’s jumps to Wizz Air’s 13th largest airport since starting in 2019
Wizz Air will begin Krakow – Stockholm Skavsta in direct competition with Ryanair and indirectly with Norwegian.
Including this route, Wizz Air now has 27 routes from Krakow. Norway stands out: the airline now serves Bergen, Haugesund, Oslo, Stavanger, Tromso, and Trondheim from the Polish city.
Wizz Air began Krakow in 2019. It is a separate market to nearby Katowice, which has always been big for Wizz Air.
Krakow is unusual in Poland in being a strong inbound market too.
In 2019, Wizz Air had 767,000 seats to/from Krakow; this year, it has almost doubled to 1.4 million (including any non-flown seats given COVID-19).
Krakow is now Wizz Air’s 13th largest airport by seats – in one year.
Chisinau now has Wizz Air 21 routes
With Basel, Hamburg, and Nice to start, Chisinau, Moldova, now has 21 routes by Wizz Air.
It is the airline’s 20th largest airport by seats.
Eindhoven (for Amsterdam, which is unserved), Prague, Budapest, Vilnius, Oslo, Riga, Timisoara, and Sofia may be future contenders from Chisinau.
All airports are served by Wizz Air, and all have indirect passenger levels similar or more than other new routes by the airline, according to OAG Traffic Analyser.