Sunday, 2 June 2019

Wizz Air celebrates the start of services to Greece, 200 million passengers and its 15th birthday


Major Milestones for Wizz Air

The last couple of weeks of May held a number of special events for one of the fastest growing budget carriers in Europe, Wizz Air.  The airline has carried 200 million passengers, started services to Greece and had its 15th birthday!

The very first Wizz Air flight took off on 19 May 2004 from Katowice to London Luton. Since then the airline has grown its fleet to 112 Airbus aircraft, including the modern state-of-the-art A321neo aircraft powered by two Pratt & Whitney geared turbofan engines, representing the most efficient single-aisle aircraft in the world. With the exemplary fuel economics and a 239 seat configuration, passengers, choosing to fly with Wizz Air’s A321neo benefit from Wizz Air’s lowest fares while ensuring that they are leaving the smallest environmental footprint per passenger.

Looking back on the past twelve months, Wizz Air has a lot to be proud of: WIZZ has pioneered air travel in Austria by setting up operations from Vienna International Airport; founded Wizz Air UK, a UK-based airline that will soon boast eleven brand new Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft in its fleet; welcomed the 100th aircraft to the WIZZ fleet, decorated with a special livery; opened the state-of-the-art, Budapest-based Training Centre, an investment of over €300 million; opened and commenced flights from the newest Polish WIZZ base in Krakow, as well as added two of the 256 next-generation Airbus A321neo aircraft to the rapidly expanding WIZZ fleet.

During the 15 years in service, Wizz Air gained trust and loyalty of 200 million passengers. WIZZ reached 100 million passengers in October 2015 and it took less than four years to double that amount. To mark this notable achievement, all passengers of the celebratory flight from Kyiv, Ukraine to Katowice, Poland were greeted by Wizz Air and Katowice International Airport management upon arrival with a small celebration on the ground and EUR 200 vouchers.

József Váradi, the Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air said: “We operated our first flight in 2004 between Poland and the UK, and today, 15 years later, we celebrate a total of 200 million passengers carried from 146 airports across 44 countries. While it is undeniable that our people are the biggest driver of this achievement, there are also four key elements that have set WIZZ apart from our competitors and helped establish our unrivalled strategic position in Europe. Thanks to our exceptional ULCC business model, we are cost leaders in a commodity industry and one of the most valued airlines in Europe. Our market leadership and increased focus on the CEE region gives us a unique advantage by allowing us to enter an underpenetrated market, in which we strive to get people into the franchise of flying, rather than compete for the passengers of existing airlines. We have an order of over 250 A321neo aircraft, an extremely valuable asset and a true game-changer for WIZZ, offering the lowest unit cost and environmental footprint per passenger, as well as reduced noise and NOX footprint. Finally, our culturally diverse organisation and leadership team, represented by over 50 nationalities, ensure that we have a truly global vision, take balanced decisions and swiftly adapt to changes in our environment. I thank our customers, partners and of course the WIZZ team for their trust and support during these 15 years behind us and can state without a doubt that we have an even more exciting 15 years ahead.”

On May 20th the airline commenced its first flights from Kyiv to Athens and Thessaloniki in Greece,  the first flight to Thessaloniki took off from Kyiv with 166 passengers on board while the maiden flight to Athens brought 162 passengers to the Greek capital on May 21st.

The newly commenced services are operated twice per week, connecting Kyiv with two famous cities of Athens and Thessaloniki. Being both large multicultural hubs with glorious history, these cities are both captivating and have something special to offer its visitors. While Athens is famous for its significant archaeological sites and can also surprise its visitors with vibrant nightlife, Thessaloniki will become a favourite travel destination for those who admire more relaxing atmosphere as the city is full of lakes and waterfalls, coastlines and noble castles. 

With these newly launched flights, Wizz Air is now connecting Kyiv with 30 European destinations. Responding to the customers’ demand and looking to create more truly affordable travel opportunities, WIZZ is now offering 46 routes to 13 countries from Ukraine. In the first four months of 2019, WIZZ carried over 680,000 passengers on its low fare routes to and from Ukraine, which represents doubling in size over year and makes Wizz Air the largest low-cost carrier in Ukraine.

Tamara Vallois, Head of Marketing and Communications at Wizz Air said: “We are delighted to continue to expand the WIZZ network and offer Ukrainians great opportunities to discover one of the most popular tourist countries in Europe. We are sure that the new services connecting Kyiv with ancient Greek cities of Athens and Thessaloniki will be very much appreciated by our Ukrainian customers who now can explore them at Wizz Air’s lowest fares and on one of Europe’s youngest and most modern fleets of Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft.”  

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