Wizz Air adds THIRD Italy + SECOND Norway base; 14 routes coming
Wizz Air has announced 14 new routes – all domestic – with a total of 93 weekly departures.
These come about from new bases at Bari (one aircraft) and Trondheim (two), together with W routes and additional routes from other new bases.
Both Italy and Norway will have seven of these 14 routes, with Norway seeing 49 weekly departures and Italy 44.
Wizz Air will now have three bases in Italy (Bari, Catania, and Milan Malpensa) and two in Norway (Oslo and Trondheim).
Milan Malpensa will have three additional domestic routes (for a total of six), Oslo two (five), and Catania one (five).
Brindisi becomes a new airport for Wizz Air while Lamezia Terme returns. The ULCC will now serve 18 destinations across Italy and 11 in Norway.
|Route||Start date||Weekly frequencies||Direct competition (WF)||Total direct competition WF|
|Ålesund – Oslo||17 December||7||Norwegian (25), SAS (22)||47|
|Bari – Bologna||17 December||7||Ryanair (10)||10|
|Bari – Turin||18 December||4||Ryanair (9), Blue Air (5)||14|
|Bari – Verona||17 December||3||Volotea (11), Ryanair (3)||14|
|Bodø – Oslo||17 December||11||Norwegian (25), SAS (24), Wideroe (1)||50|
|Bodø – Tromsø||17 December||7||SAS (7), Wideroe (5)||12|
|Bodø – Trondheim||17 December||7||SAS (13), Wideroe (1)||14|
|Brindisi – Milan Malpensa||10 December||7||easyJet (8), Ryanair (7)||15|
|Catania – Verona||17 December||5||Volotea (27)||27|
|Lamezia Terme – Milan Malpensa||15 December||7||easyJet (19), Ryanair (12)||31|
|Milan Malpensa – Naples||17 December||11||easyJet (21)||21|
|Stavanger – Tromsø||17 December||3||None||0|
|Stavanger – Trondheim||17 December||7||SAS (9)||9|
|Tromsø – Trondheim||17 December||7||None||0|
|Source: airline websites and OAG Schedules Analyser. Several routes reduce in frequency in early 2021, but most then increase again.|
Only two of Wizz Air’s 14 routes unserved
Only two of its coming 14 routes are unserved: Stavanger – Tromsø and Tromsø – Trondheim.
Tromsø – Trondheim will be unserved when Wizz Air begins it. However, SAS will restart it in April 2021 after suspending it a year earlier.
Wizz Air will compete with Norwegian on just two on its coming seven routes.
4% more weekly departures YOY
Despite coronavirus, these 14 routes will have 4% more weekly flights than in 2019: 357 versus 344.
This is fewer than two additional departures a day, but at least it is positive.
In the week Wizz Air starts Bodø – Oslo, this route will be top with 61 departures across four carriers.
Nine routes will have more departures YOY, two the same, and three fewer.
With nine extra flights, Bari – Turin will see the most added. It’ll now have 18 weekly departures across three carriers. Will Blue Air continue?
Bari – Bologna and Brindisi – Milan Malpensa are next, with eight additional flights apiece. This means they will grow by 89% and 55% respectively.
However, Lamezia Terme – Malpensa will reduce by 14 weekly flights YOY (-27%).
This is from the end of Air Italy – which resulted in 17 fewer departures – alongside Ryanair cutting three and easyJet one. Ryanair and easyJet will inevitably increase their offering in response to Wizz Air’s entry.
Five of Norway’s top-10 routes now taken by Wizz Air
Wizz Air will now operate 11 routes within Norway.
Five of these are within the country’s top-10 by total seats in 2019, while a further two are in Norway’s top-20.
Norway’s top-10 had 15.3 million seats last year, OAG schedules data shows, rising to 19.1 million for its top-20.
Oslo – Stavanger is the largest remaining route that could be served and which is far enough overland.
Harstad Narvik/Evenes – Oslo, meanwhile, is Norway’s second-largest route unserved by Wizz Air that is far overland.
Norway’s top-20 domestic routes
|Norway’s top-20 domestic markets||Seats (two ways) in 2019||Now by Wizz Air?||Comments|
|Oslo – Trondheim||2,899,293||Yes|
|Bergen – Oslo||2,785,908||Yes|
|Oslo – Stavanger||2,508,857||No||Far enough by overland time based on Wizz Air’s other domestic routes|
|Oslo – Tromsø||1,587,210||Yes|
|Bodø – Oslo||1,143,426||Yes|
|Bergen – Stavanger||1,082,221||No||Probably too short overland|
|Ålesund – Oslo||949,893||Yes|
|Kristiansand – Oslo||832,104||No||Kristiansand already served by Wizz Air; would probably too short|
|Harstad Narvik/Evenes – Oslo||768,198||No||Harstad would be a new airport for Wizz Air; far from Oslo|
|Haugesund – Oslo||727,161||No||Haugesund is already served; far enough|
|Bergen – Trondheim||647,122||No||Far enough|
|Molde – Oslo||585,017||No||Molde is already served; far enough|
|Bodø – Tromsø||427,295||Yes|
|Bodø – Trondheim||393,304||Yes|
|Bardufoss – Oslo||348,216||No||Bardufoss would be a new airport|
|Kristiansund – Oslo||339,424||No||Kristiansund would be a new airport|
|Kirkenes – Oslo||301,724||No||Kirkenes would be a new airport|
|Bergen – Oslo Torp||269,694||No||Very unlikely given Oslo service|
|Alta – Tromsø||284,369||No||Alta be a new airport|
|Ålesund – Bergen||253,682||No||Far enough|
|Source: OAG Schedules Analyser.|