The Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air has announced 11 new routes and is ready to conquer the Middle East. However, most of the routes have competition from other airlines.
According to simpleflying.com, the new routes are the following:
The Hungarian airline has only operated one of these routes before (London Luton to Łódź), between September 2011 and May 2013. In addition, 10 of the 11 routes involve bases, therefore, they are simple there-and-back operations. Only Athens to Tel Aviv does not fall into this category and will use Albania-based aircraft and crew.
Adding Łódź and Bydgoszcz means that there will be 12 Polish airports involved. These are Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Katowice, Kraków, Łódź, Lublin, Olsztyn-Mazury, Poznan, Rzeszów, Szczecin, Warsaw Chopin, and Wrocław. As Łódź is very close to Warsaw, it has not attracted Wizz Air back so far. However, the situation has changed and now, Poland’s third-largest city is joining Wizz Air.
Wizz Air Holdings Plc also aims to establish a fleet of 50 aircraft at a new unit in Saudi Arabia. “The LCC hopes to achieve the target fleet size by the end of the decade, although Chief Executive József Varádi stressed that the priority was finding a local partner,” writes ch-aviation.com. The newly established fleet in Saudi Arabia serves the purpose of developing its aviation market to rival carriers from smaller Gulf states and attracting more tourists. “The first and foremost process is to find the right partnership with local investors, and this is what we’re working on. Once this gets sorted out, then we can complete the formal process of an airline application,” Varádi said.
Source: ch-aviation.com, simpleflying.com