Wizz Air adds THIRD Italy + SECOND Norway base; 14 routes coming

Wizz Air adds THIRD Italy + SECOND Norway base; 14 routes coming

With new bases at Bari and Trondheim, Wizz Air will now have three bases in Italy and two in Norway.

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. 

Read more: Italy was Wizz Air’s fourth most profitable country market in the year to March 2020, and Norway its 11th.

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.

Read more: Stavanger – Tromsø had 34,000 indirect passengers, making it one of Europe’s key unserved markets.

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.

Wizz Air adds THIRD Italy + SECOND Norway base; 14 routes coming

Wizz Air’s coming domestic Italy routes, including from its new Bari base. Source: OAG Mapper.

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.

Read more: Italy’s domestic market – before the latest developments – was down by ‘only’ 30% YOY.

Wizz Air adds THIRD Italy + SECOND Norway base; 14 routes coming

Source: airline websites and OAG Schedules Analyser.

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.

 


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