Wizz Air, today announced that it will expand its Warsaw operations, basing an 8th aircraft at Chopin Airport. From March 2018 WIZZ will launch one new attractive route to Bordeaux in southwestern France as well as increase weekly frequencies on the most popular services, adding a total of 19 incremental weekly flights to its Warsaw schedule. In 2018, Wizz Air will offer 3.3 million seats on its Warsaw routes, a 25% growth year over year.
The new aircraft, the 4th state-of-the-art Airbus A321ceo in WIZZ’s Warsaw fleet, represents an investment of $116 million* by the airline in Poland. Expanding its operations, Wizz Air creates 42 additional direct jobs and will have a team of over 300 dedicated crew based at Warsaw Chopin Airport.
Warsaw was one of the first cities Wizz Air brought its low fares to in 2004 and since then, the airline carried over 14 million passengers to and from the capital while constantly expanding its network. In the first six months of 2017, more than one million passengers traveled with WIZZ on the airline’s Warsaw routes, 21% more than in the same period of the previous year. With its new Bordeaux route, Wizz Air now connects the Polish capital with 50 destinations across Europe and beyond.
Wizz Air’s commitment to Polish customers is underlined by the strong growth at its other seven Polish airports as well. WIZZ has a total of 9 million seats on sale on its Polish routes in 2017, which represents 16% growth year over year. The airline’s Polish operations do not only provide affordable access at 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 5000 jobs** this year in associated industries throughout the country.
With the latest expansion of its Warsaw fleet, Wizz Air will have 23 based aircraft in Poland employing more than 850 customer-oriented crew, who deliver excellent service on each WIZZ flight. Wizz Air now offers 151 routes from its eight Polish airports.
Together with today’s announcement Wizz Air also releases its 2018 summer schedule for Warsaw. For the next two weeks the fares will be exclusively available to WIZZ Discount Club members only, while from 25 July 2017, they will become available to everyone. Tickets for summer 2018 as well as for the new Bordeaux route are already on sale and can be booked from only PLN 129* on wizzair.com.
Johan Eidhagen, Chief Marketing Officer at Wizz Air, said: “Following the recent deployment of the 7th based aircraft at Chopin Airport, we are thrilled to announce further expansion of our Warsaw operations. By adding an 8th aircraft to our Warsaw fleet we create a number of local jobs with the airline and our business partners while bringing more opportunities to Poland. We are sure that our loyal Warsaw customers will welcome the extended offer of attractive destinations and affordable travel options and we are also confident that our low fares will attract more visitors to the capital, which could stimulate tourism and hospitality industries. We stay committed to Poland and keep on offering the lowest possible fares and an excellent value service on each WIZZ flight.”