Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines and the leading low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, today announces that it will begin operations at London Southend Airport, and will launch two new services to Western Europe from its London Luton base.

From November, Wizz Air will offer flights from London Southend to the popular Eastern European destinations of Bucharest in Romania and Vilnius in Lithuania. Fares to the historic capital cities start from £16.99*. Today’s announcement will see Wizz Air create over 100** indirect jobs in the Southend area, and means that Wizz Air operates from three London airports; Luton, Gatwick and now Southend.

Wizz Air will also launch two new routes from London Luton to Castellón, the Spanish city situated between Benicàssim and Valencia, and Vienna, the capital and cultural epicentre of Austria. This will be the first time that WIZZ will connect its low-fare UK network with popular holiday and city break destinations in Spain and Austria. Fares to Castellón start from as little as £12.99*, and Vienna from £16.99*. Wizz Air is the largest airline to operate from London Luton with over 40% market share.

The four new services announced today means that Wizz Air now has almost 11 million seats on sale on its 106 routes from 12 UK airports to Europe and beyond, representing 24% growth year on year.

Owain Jones, Managing Director, Wizz Air UK said: “It is exciting to see Wizz Air painting the skies pink at Southend, as we expand our footprint across the Greater London airports. The new routes from Southend and London Luton demonstrate that Wizz Air is committed to offering customers ultra-low fares to destinations across all of Europe, connecting the UK with cultural hubs and off-the-beaten track destinations. Whether it’s a family holiday, trip of a lifetime or a quick weekend escape, Bucharest, Vilnius, Castellón and Vienna have something for everyone to enjoy. The WIZZ team looks forward to welcoming customers old and new on-board our ultra-efficient fleet of Airbus aircraft very soon.”