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Hungarian Low-Cost Carrier Wizz Air Opens Four New Bases, Adds Hundreds Of Jobs

Right in the middle of the pandemic, when his airline’s flying activity had been reduced to a few flights per week, some of which were pure cargo, Wizz Air CEO Jozsef Varadi was very bullish about the future of his company. “This crisis will present us with opportunities," Varadi said a month ago during a webinar hosted by Aviation Week. And while most carriers are evaluating how to restart operations to adapt their route offerings to new levels of demand,…

Wizz Air to Launch Five Abu Dhabi Routes, Open New…

European low-cost airline Wizz Air is finalizing plans to launch five routes between Europe and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates this year. The airline will serve Bucharest, Romania and Budapest, Hungary starting on June 3; Katowice, Poland and Sofia, Bulgaria starting Sept. 15; and Cluj-Napoca, Romania starting Sept. 16. The…

At a Glance: European Airlines Response to COVID-19

As the effects of the global pandemic take full effect across the world, the bosses of major airlines across Europe have begun to announce what measures they will take to help protect their airlines for future operations. Some have decided to defer orders, others have decided to expedite the retirements…

Wizz Air CEO Confident About Post-Crisis Outlook

The dramatic drop in demand and the restrictions on international travel caused by the COVID-19 pandemic are devastating the finances of most airlines around the world. Carriers in the U.S. are receiving billions of dollars in grants and loans, Norwegian Airlines, Virgin Australia and South African Airlines are facing bankruptcy…

Wizz Air Announces the Launch of Abu Dhabi-based Low-Cost Carrier…

Wizz Air announced on Thursday that it will set up a low-cost subsidiary in the United Arab Emirates. Wizz Air Abu Dhabi will be a partnership with Abu Dhabi Developmental Holding Company (ADDH), a partner of the Abu Dhabi government. The airline is expected to begin operations in the second…

Wizz Air Announce Further Expansion at Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Hungary's Wizz Air, which has quickly become Europe's ninth largest airline by passenger traffic, has announced a new route from Doncaster Sheffield Airport this week to Romania's third largest city, Timisoara. This announcement comes just weeks after the airline stated its intention to start flights from Doncaster Sheffield to Krakow,…

Wizz Air and Ryanair Look to Future with New Training…

Two of Europe's most prominent low-cost carriers are setting their sights on the next generation of aviators, with Hungary's Wizz Air announcing the opening of its new €30 million training center and Irish counterpart Ryanair has announced a new pilot training program itself.  The news signifies not only how competitive…

Wizz Air’s Profits Continue to Soar Despite Heavy Low-Cost Competition

European low-cost carrier Wizz Air has published strong results for the end of the 2018 financial year compared to 2017, with passenger numbers increasing 24.7 percent to 29.6 million, revenue by 24 percent to €1.95 billion, and profit increasing 22.1 percent to €275 million. Headquartered in the Hungarian capital Budapest,…

Wizz Air “Futureproof” Post-Brexit Operation, Obtains UK Operator’s Certificate

Wizz Air has become the latest airline seeking to "futureproof" their business in a post-Brexit Britain by securing an Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC) and Operating License (OL) from the United Kingdom’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) beginning operations as Wizz Air UK this week. The new certifications come as uncertainty mounts regarding…

Austria a Key Focus for European Aviation Growth

Austria continues to be a focus for the European aviation market with Hungarian-based carrier Wizz Air announcing further expansion plans this week with news that they will operate a base at Vienna Airport (VIE) from June 2018. József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer at Wizz Air, said: “Today, everything changes for…