Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Wizz Air to expand Romanian operations

The European budget carrier Wizz Air, has announced the expansion of its Romanian operations, adding one new Airbus A320 aircraft to the Cluj-Napoca base. This will enable the start of  3 new routes from Cluj-Napoca to Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden,Hamburg and Cologne in Germany and increase of frequencies on 9 existing routes from Cluj-Napoca to Eindhoven, Barcelona El Prat, Brussels Charleroi, Larnaca, London Luton, Madrid, Milan Bergamo, Paris Beauvais, Rome Ciampino.

The further development of Wizz Air’s offering from Cluj-Napoca underpins the airline’s long term commitment to bring ever more affordable and greener travel opportunities to its Romanian travellers. Wizz Air started flying to Cluj-Napoca in 2007. The airline has carried almost 2 million passengers to and from that city in 2019. The aircraft allocation will create 36 new direct jobs. With this investment Wizz Air will contribute to economic development and create hundreds of new jobs in the local job market. With today announced routes Wizz Air offers now 34 routes to 13 countries from Cluj-Napoca.

Wizz Air flies a modern fleet of aircraft that average around 5 years of age and, comprising of 134 most efficient and sustainable Airbus A320 and Airbus A320neo family single-aisle aircraft. The A320neo and A321neo have pioneered and incorporated the latest technologies, including its new generation engines and the industry's reference cabin design, delivering 20 percent less fuel burn and nearly a 50 percent reduction in noise footprint compared to previous generation aircraft.  The airline continues to take deliveries of its order book of over 250 state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo family aircraft which will enable the carrier to sustainably run its operations on the long run and further reduce its environmental footprint by 30% for every passenger until 2030. Wizz Air is dedicated to sustainable and environmentally friendly operations.

This growth comes with the new era of sanitized travel, with Wizz Air having led the industry restart by saying ‘yes to flying’ and implementing stringent health and hygiene measures to protect passengers and crew. Whilst the HEPA filters of all Wizz Air aircraft already filter out 99.97% of viruses and bacteria from the air, Wizz Air’s new protocols support physical distancing guidelines, ensure an ultra-clean environment on board and reduce any non-essential human interaction and physical contact, so that WIZZ passengers can feel confident that they are travelling to their destination safely.

By adding WIZZ Flex to a booking, passengers can rest assured that if circumstances change, or they simply wish to travel on a different date, or to a different destination, they can rebook on any WIZZ flight of their choice. Providing that extra layer of protection for passenger bookings, is a peace of mind during these uncertain times.

George Michalopoulos, Chief Commercial Officer at Wizz Air, said: “We are delighted to announce further expansion of our local network by adding one new aircraft to our Cluj-Napoca, base. Today’s announcement underlines our commitment to Romania and the strength of the Wizz Air business model, as we continue to expand our footprint during this challenging time for the industry. By keeping ourselves to the highest standards of our sanitizing protocols and introducing three new ultra-low fares routes to Germany and increasing frequencies of nine routes to UK, Netherlands, Spain, Italy, France Belgium and Cyprus, we are confident that Wizz Air will make travel affordable to ever more passengers in Romania. Our crew looks forward to welcoming customers on-board our young and green fleet of Airbus aircraft.


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