Thursday, 21 February 2019

Wizz Air add new route to its Polish operation as strikes loom at Luton

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One of Europes fastest growing airlines has announced it will start a new route connecting Gdansk Poland with Bodø, in Norway.  The new service from Wizz Air will start on 22nd May and will become the firms 146 destination and is seen as a key demonstration of the airlines commitment to the Polish aviation industry. 

Bodø, the northernmost point of the beautiful Kystriksveien Coastal Route is the gateway to Norway's true north. Bodø is known as the Sea Eagle Capital as the islands around the city support the world's densest concentration of white-tailed sea eagles. Bodø offers a varied assortment of adventures, like kayaking or golfing under the midnight sun. Take a tour on a fast passenger boat, or fish in the world’s strongest tidal current, or if you like hiking in the stunning nature, there cannot be better trails for you than the ones around the city. Bodø hosts two large music festivals, “Parkenfestivalen” and “Nordland Musikkfestuke”, both attracting thousands of people.

Speaking at a press conference in Gdansk, to announce the launch, Jozsef Varadi, Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air, said the announcement, "Underlines our long term commitment to Poland, our Polish customers and our desire to offer more and more low-cost travel opportunities to our distinguished Polish passengers. We continuously monitor trends and travel demand to best meet the needs of our customers through our low fares and great services. We adding our 146 destination to our network, connecting Gdansk with the beautiful Bodø in Norway. 2019 is a year we are very much looking forward to as we are adding the 7 based aircraft to our Gdansk base, opening our newest base in Krakow this spring and creating all-Airbus A321 fleets both in Warsaw and Krakow increasing Wizz Air’s Polish footprint with greater seat capacity for 2019 on our 160 routes to 28 countries.”

GH London Ground Handling Services staff based at London Luton Airport, who handle Wizz Air have demonstrated their support for strike action next month in a bitter pay dispute.

The baggage handlers and check-in staff voted almost unanimously (96%) in favour of strike action to take place from 3rd March at 1800 and set to last a week.  A spokesperson for the Unite union said, “Unite has been calling for meaningful talks with GH London since the beginning of 2018. This strike vote is a result of the company’s failure to listen to its workforce who face a cut in their living standards. Now that the company is prepared to meet, we hope we can get constructive talks underway to resolve this dispute."