The FINANCIAL -- Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest growing airline groups including Wizz Air UK, announced that it would further expand its London Luton base with a ninth A321 Airbus and expand its UK route network with two new routes from London Luton to the Portuguese capital of Lisbon and Ukraine’s second largest city, Kharkiv.
With fares starting from just £17.99, seats are on sale now and can be booked online at wizzair.com. UK travelers now have the opportunity to explore one of Ukraine’s major cultural and scientific centers in Kharviv from mid-November, and experience the liveliness of Lisbon from the end of October.
In addition, the new aircraft will see Wizz Air increasing the weekly flight frequency for three existing London Luton routes. Flights to Pristina, the capital of Kosovo, will increase from three to five a week; flights to the Albanian capital of Tirana will increase from three to four a week; and to Satu Mare in Romania from two to three a week.
The additional A321 Airbus at the London Luton base will bring Wizz Air’s total investment in its UK operations this year to almost $1 billionand will create additional jobs. Wizz Air’s local team in London Luton will have grown this year to more than 350 aviation professionals and support over 5,300 jobs on a yearly basis in supporting industries.
The new services announced today bring the total number of new UK routes for 2018 to 19, and the number of new routes from London Luton to 14, including Larnaca, Tirana, Tallinn, Bratislava, Lviv, Athens, Keflavik, Eilat, Grenoble, Verona, Bari and Tromsø.
Currently the second largest operator at London Luton, 2018 has been a year of significant growth for Wizz Air’s local operations, with 7.17 million seats on sale on 53 services available from London Luton in 2018, representing a 20% increase year-on-year.