The FINANCIAL -- Wizz Air on March 2 announced major expansion of its Vienna operations.
Following the base establishment with three aircraft this year, WIZZ will deploy two additional Airbus A321 at Vienna Airport by March 2019, growing its annual capacity to over 2 million seats on sale.
The additional aircraft will allow WIZZ to further diversify and expand its Vienna network, while bringing truly affordable air travel paired with excellent service on board. WIZZ’s offer from Austria will include nine new routes from Vienna to Nice in France, Reykjavik in Iceland, Catania and Milan in Italy, Lisbon in Portugal, Madrid in Spain, Malmo and Stockholm Skavsta in Sweden, and Kharkiv in Ukraine. The newest WIZZ services will commence in February and March 2019.
The base establishment and the expansion of the operations represent a total investment of over $570 million, creating more than 200 direct jobs with Wizz Air. The airline’s extended operations will also contribute to the local economy, supporting jobs in the aviation, transportation, hospitality and tourism industries, according to Wizz Air.
George Michalopoulos, Chief Commercial Officer at Wizz Air, said: “Today’s announcement once again underlines our strong commitment to the Vienna market and Austria as a whole. After the opening of our Vienna base this June, in just nine months we’ll expand our operations to five based aircraft with a local team with more than 200 direct employees, while growing our low-fare network to 27 routes. Offering nearly half million seats on sale in 2018 and over 2 million in 2019 we are creating new opportunities for Austrian customers to visit some of the most beautiful cities and regions in Europe. We are sure that our excellent value service will make Wizz Air the airline of choice for Austrian travelers as well drive inbound tourism.”
Julian Jäger, Joint CEO and COO of Vienna Airport,, explains: “The fact that Wizz Air is already expanding its operations at Vienna Airport and will increase the number of aircraft stationed at its Vienna base by two to a total of five underlines the competitiveness of Vienna Airport as a competitive aviation hub and high-performance gateway. Thanks to the expanded base as well as the additional flight connections, Wizz Air is provided added growth impetus to Vienna Airport and passengers will be offered an even broader range of travel options when flying out of Vienna.”