Wizz Air today announced it will begin base operations in September at David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport with one A320 aircraft and add seven new routes to Europe.
Wizz Air will launch new twice-weekly service from Kutaisi to Berlin Schönefeld, Munich Memmingen, Milan Bergamo, Dortmund, Larnaca and Sofia, while flights between Kutaisi and Thessaloniki will be flown three times a week. With these new destinations, Wizz Air’s network from Georgia consists of 11 routes to eight countries.
Kutaisi, famous for its many gardens and tree-lined streets, is the second-largest city in Georgia. Its most famous landmark is the 11th century Bagrati Cathedral ruin, a protected UNESCO Heritage site. Wizz Air began operations in Kutaisi in 2012 and has carried more than 500,000 passengers in that time.
The details of the base announcement were released at a press conference today in Tbilisi by Georgia Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Dimitry Kumsishvili and Wizz Air Chief Corporate Officer Owain Jones.
Owain Jones, Wizz Air Chief Corporate Officer said: “We are very excited about being a part of the economic development of Kutaisi, not only in terms of culture and tourism, but for business and manufacturing as well. Wizz Air believes investment in Georgia with an Airbus A320 aircraft and with a locally recruited base crew will pay economic dividends for business in Georgia and for Wizz Air. We know the importance of affordable air travel for a region’s economic development which has been a by-product of Wizz operations in all our base cities. Opening a base here underlines our commitment to providing the people of Georgia with high quality, low-fare service to more and more cities throughout Europe.”
Dimitry Kumsishvili, Vice Prime Minister, Minister of Economy & Sustainable Development of Georgia said: “Following fruitful and extensive cooperation we are proud to greet Wizz Air, one of the largest low cost carriers in Europe, on opening of its base at Kutaisi International Airport, which is the first low cost airport in the region. We are confident that Kutaisi International Airport will be a successful and productive base for Wizz Air operations that will support the development of tourism in Georgia and will give the new opportunities to Georgian travelers to travel to Europe with affordable ticket fares. Wizz Air’s base will create new job opportunities for industry professionals and have a positive impact on the aviation industry as a whole.“