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Italian Authorities Threaten to Ban Ryanair Over COVID-19 Procedures

The largest low-cost carrier in Europe has been told it may face restrictions or even a ban on its flights to Italy should it be found to flout safety rules relating to COVID-19. Irish carrier Ryanair has been specifically mentioned by Italian authorities over its apparent failure to follow rules set out by the government to protect passengers on board. Enac, the Italian civil aviation authority, said a temporary flight ban for the airline is under consideration after reports of…

Wizz Air Takes Legal Action Against Ryanair Over Buzz Brand

Europe’s two low-cost giants Ryanair and Wizz Air are in an open conflict over Buzz, a subsidiary of the Ryanair Group, as announced by Ryanair in a statement on Friday. Wizz Air previously filed a lawsuit against Ryanair to block its rival low-cost carrier from using the Buzz brand. The…

Indigo Partners Reaffirms Order for 430 Airbus A320neo

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announced that demand for air services is beginning to recover after hitting bottom in April. Passenger demand dropped significantly this year compared to 2019, due to the COVID-19-related shutdown air travel. Since the second half of last month, and during June, the aviation industry…

Hungarian Low-Cost Carrier Wizz Air Opens Four New Bases, Adds…

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…

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…