You would never guess where the biggest base of Hungary’s Wizz Air has in Europe. Yes, it is Bucharest, Romania’s capital. And the Hungarian “national” airline would not like to stop there. Media reported that Wizz Air aims to be the “national airline” of Hungary’s eastern neighbour. Will the company be successful in that?
According to maszol.ro, a Hungarian media outlet in Romania, Wizz Air is gradually increasing the number of flights in the country.
Now it aims to fill the space created by the disappearance of the Romanian low-cost airline, Blue Air. The Romanian carrier suspended operation in September. Afterwards, the Hungarian budget airline opened three new routes in Romania. Furthermore, it increased the number of flights in other directions, maszol.ro wrote.
József Váradi, the CEO of the Hungarian airline, said they moved forward but face a lack of free capacity. “Even though we have 171 planes, they are all in the air. We cannot move our carriers that quickly, but we will see what we can do next year”, Mr Váradi added. Váradi gave an interview to the Romanian economica.net, which you can read HERE provided your talents include the Romanian language.
Wizz Air cancelled some of their routes recently, including their Sarajevo course. It redirected the newly gained capacity to Bucharest, just like the newly-purchased planes. Therefore, Bucharest became the company’s biggest operational base. But Cluj Napoca (Kolozsvár) and Iași (Jászvásár) in Moldova are also increasing. József Váradi cleared that they would like to become Romania’s “national airline” in practice.
The Hungarian budget airline monitors the developments regarding its other regional competitor, the Tarom, which is on the life support of the Bucharest government. “I cannot analyse the state of the Tarom. I do not know the [Romanian] government’s intentions. We do not count on the collapse of the Tarom. But if it happens, we will react to the situation”, the CEO added.
Wizz Air is Central Europe’s boggest airline. Currently, its market share reaches 23 percent. Its staff include 6,500 employees, while it reaches 190 European and non-European cities, destinations.