- FOUR ADDITIONAL AIRCRAFT
- 150 NEW LOCAL JOBS
- FIVE NEW ROUTES
- 30 ADDITIONAL FLIGHTS & 11,000 NEW SEATS EVERY WEEK
London, 20 November 2017: Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe today announces a massive expansion at its Luton base, with the addition of four Airbus A320 aircraft to its Luton fleet by June 2018.
The allocation of four more Airbus A320 aircraft, each equipped with 186 seats, brings the total number of aircraft in Wizz Air's Luton fleet to five, with a combined value of $500 million*, continuing Wizz Air's phenomenal growth story in the UK.
Over the past twelve months (to 31 October 2017) WIZZ has carried more than 5.5 million passengers on its Luton routes alone, an increase of 11% compared to 2016, making WIZZ the second largest carrier at Luton airport. Wizz Air is expanding its capacity at Luton by 15% year on year, and will offer in 2018 more than 6.9 million seats on its 46 routes to 20 countries.
As a result of this significant expansion, WIZZ is delighted to offer five new routes to UK travellers looking for their next adventure abroad. Daily flights will operate to the beautiful cities of Larnaca in Cyprus, and to Bratislava in Slovakia, whilst four flights per week will operate to Tallinn, in Estonia and three flights per week to Tirana in Albania and Lviv in Ukraine. Seats on the new routes are already on sale and can be booked from just GBP 26.99** at wizzair.com.
The additional aircraft will also allow WIZZ to increase the frequency of flights on three of its most popular routes. Starting spring 2018 flights to Tel Aviv and Suceava become daily; and Prishtina flights will increase from two to three times per week, further demonstrating Wizz Air's commitment to its UK customers by creating even more exciting travel opportunities across Europe and beyond.
The arrival of the new aircraft and additional routes will create 150 new direct local jobs, increasing the number of WIZZ employees at Luton to 180, all trained to deliver the highest standards of customer service and aviation safety, ensuring an excellent passenger experience at every stage of the Wizz Air journey.
Owain Jones, Chief Corporate Officer at Wizz Air said: "Today we once again bring more exciting news to the UK customers, again underlining Wizz Air's commitment to the country. We are thrilled that after only five months on from opening our base in Luton, we're announcing a massive expansion by allocating four additional aircraft Airbus A320 to our Luton fleet. Our investment brings benefits to the local community by creating 150 new direct jobs, as well as stimulating more jobs market in aviation and related industries. Wizz Air's network from Luton will expand with five new routes, to Larnaca in Cyprus, Tallinn in Estonia, Lviv in Ukraine, Bratislava in Slovakia and Tirana in Albania, creating more choice for our passengers and even more opportunities to discover Europe on WIZZ's low-fare routes. Our friendly and dedicated team looks forward to welcoming our passengers onboard to enjoy WIZZ's lowest fares and excellent onboard service".
Nick Barton, Chief Executive Officer at Luton Airport said: "The announcement that Wizz Air is expanding its operation at LLA is great news for passengers, the airport and the local economy. Our redevelopment is focused on creating an even better experience for more passengers and that includes increasing our choice of destinations. We look forward to building on our already strong relationship with Wizz, as we deliver a bigger, better LLA".