Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today announced a significant expansion of its Wroclaw operations, basing a second Airbus A320 aircraft at Copernicus Airport. From March 2018, the airline will launch four new routes from Wroclaw to Basel in Switzerland, Gothenburg in Sweden, Kutaisi in Georgia and Porto in Portugal as well increase frequencies on four popular services adding a total of 16 incremental flights to its schedule. In 2018, Wizz Air will offer 800,000 seats on its Wroclaw routes, a 60% growth year over year.
The new aircraft, which represents a further investment of $100 million* by the airline in Poland, will join Wroclaw fleet on 30 March 2018. Expanding its operations, Wizz Air creates 36 additional direct jobs and will have a team of over 70 dedicated crew based at Wroclaw Airport.
Wizz Air’s first Wroclaw flight took off in 2006 and since then the airline carried over 2.7 million passengers on its low-fare routes while constantly expanding its network. In 2017 Wizz Air has added three new destinations to its Wroclaw offer: the long-awaited Lviv and Reykjavik routes commenced in April and May, respectively, while flights to the year-round sunny Agadir in Morocco will start in November.
In the first eight months of the year, 310,000 passengers traveled with WIZZ on the airline’s Wroclaw routes, 29% more than in the same period of the previous year. With the four new routes, Wizz Air now connects Wroclaw with 15 destinations across Europe and beyond.
Together with today’s announcement Wizz Air also releases its 2018 summer schedule for Wroclaw. For the next two weeks the fares will be exclusively available to WIZZ Discount Club members only, while from 21 September 2017, they will become available to everyone. Tickets for summer 2018 as well as for the new routes are already on sale and can be booked from only PLN 59** on wizzair.com
Wizz Air’s commitment to Polish customers is underlined by the strong growth at its other seven Polish airports as well. WIZZ has 9 million seats on sale on its Polish routes in 2017, which represents a 16% growth year over year. The airline’s Polish operations do not only provide affordable access on WIZZ’s lowest fares between Poland and the rest of Europe, but also stimulate the local job market in aviation and tourism sectors, supporting more than 5,000 jobs*** this year in associated industries throughout the country.
With the latest expansion of its Wroclaw fleet, Wizz Air will have 25 based aircraft in Poland by March 2018, employing more than 900 customer-oriented crew, who deliver excellent service on each WIZZ flight.
Wizz Air now offers 160 routes from its eight Polish airports.
Speaking at a press conference in Wroclaw today Johan Eidhagen, Chief Marketing Officer at Wizz Air, said: “Following the recent announcements of our expansion in Warsaw and Gdansk, we are delighted to deliver more great news to our Polish customers. Basing a second aircraft at Wroclaw Airport we double our local team and extend our offer of low-fare flights by 60% bringing more opportunities to lower Silezia. Whether travelling on business or leisure, we are sure our four new routes will be welcomed by Wroclaw customers and we are also confident that our low fares will attract more visitors to the region, which will stimulate tourism and hospitality industries. We look forward to continuing our fruitful partnership with Wroclaw Airport and keep on delivering the lowest possible fares and an excellent value service on each WIZZ flight.”