Wizz Air adds third aircraft at Larnaca and reveals five new routes
Now, the carrier has revealed that it will add another A320 there from 1 August and begin five additional routes. Athens will also be increased to 12-weekly.
With this development, Wizz Air will now have 36 routes from the Cypriot airport.
|Routing||Start date||Weekly frequency||
Direct competition* (weekly frequency)
|Indirect competition* (weekly frequency)|
|Larnaca – Eindhoven||1 August||3||None||Transavia: Amsterdam (3)|
|Larnaca – Gdansk||2 August||2||None||None|
|Larnaca – Heraklion||3 August||3||Olympic Air (4), Cyprus Airways (2)||None|
|Larnaca – Paris Beauvais||2 August||4||None||None|
|Larnaca – Prague||1 August||2||Smartwings (4)||None|
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser and each airline’s website. *From Larnaca. Based on the week that Wizz Air will start operating.|
Beauvais stands out – fills missing Paris link
Paris Beauvais stands out, both because Paris is unserved from Cyprus on a scheduled basis and because Paris, and France generally, seems to have been challenging from Cyprus.
There has been no scheduled service between Cyprus and France since 2018, when Colbalt operated up to three-weekly services between Larnaca and Paris CDG using A320s.
Last year, almost 70,000 flew indirectly between Paris and Larnaca, OAG Traffic Analyser data shows, by far the leading unserved European market from Larnaca. It was obviously in need of non-stop service – even before demand stimulation is considered.
Wizz Air’s recent growth the result of redistributing aircraft
Wizz’s very strong ‘growth’ recently has been the result of cutting aircraft from existing bases and redistributing them.
This is therefore not necessarily ‘real’ growth in the sense of absolute aircraft numbers or perhaps even the number of routes or passenger volume.
But it is growth in a network breadth sense, given it now focuses more than ever on flights not touching Central and Eastern Europe.