Wizz Air announced that it will open its 28th base on 18 June 2017 at London Luton Airport in the United Kingdom with one new Airbus A320 aircraft.
London Luton has operated Wizz Air flights for over twelve years; this will be the airline’s first UK airport with base operations.
Establishing this base will strengthen Wizz Air’s operational presence at London Luton Airport where it is already the second largest carrier, and increase the number of routes being served from the airport to 42.
The base establishment represents an investment in the airport and the local region by creating 36 direct jobs with the airline.
Growth in London Luton
The three new Wizz Air services will connect London Luton with Tel Aviv in Israel, Prishtina, the capital of Kosovo and Kutaisi in Georgia, which is the only direct connection between Georgia and the UK. Frequencies on some of Wizz Air’s most popular routes will also increase with the arrival of the new aircraft: Suceava will run five times per week, Constanta four times per week and Iasi flights will operate daily.
In 2016, as the second largest operator at London Luton, the low-cost airline carried more than 5 million passengers. In 2017 Wizz Air will have almost 6.3 million seats on sale on its London Luton routes, representing a 13% growth year on year.
Wizz Air’s first flight took off from Luton to Katowice in May 2004. Today WIZZ’s UK network consists of 83 routes to 42 destinations from 9 UK airports. In 2016, Wizz Air carried more than 6.6 million passengers on its low-fare UK routes, representing a 30% growth year on year.
József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air, said:
“Today’s announcement once again underlines Wizz Air’s commitment to the UK. Our first Wizz Air flight from the UK took off from London Luton in 2004 and since then, we have carried over 35 million passengers on our low-fare UK routes:.