Wizz Air CEO József Váradi gave an interview in which he talked about the chaotic conditions at airports, frequent cancellations, strikes and rising airfares. Despite all these issues, people are still eager to book flights, he pointed out. According to Váradi, travel should not be considered a luxury commodity.
Demand after the pandemic has grown faster than the aviation industry expected, which explains in some way all the cancellations and delays. There were not enough air traffic controllers, airport staff, or security personnel.
Wizz Air has cancelled as many flights as the European average, precisely 6.5 percent. Finding staff for air traffic control seems to pose the biggest issue as it takes 2-3 years to train one person. At other departments, it is much faster to train new staff, said József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air, in an interview with rtl.hu.
“We are set up to be very efficient, which means that if the supply chain is not working, our model cannot function properly either,” Váradi said.
Váradi said they had overcome the hardships and drawn conclusions. They were now focusing on the Christmas rush and the next summer season.
Wizz Air cancelled 25 times as many flights as in the past. It is impossible to handle such a load overnight. Inadequate capacity has raised the voices of discontent over the summer. “It was physically impossible to respond to a twenty-five-fold swelling problem overnight.”
Wizz Air currently has 170 aircraft. 435 new Airbus aircraft have been ordered for the next 7-8 years. This year, they expect to serve 53 million passengers, and in the future, they plan to expand this number to 150-160 million travellers per year. At the same time, the current 1,000 flights a day could be increased to 3,000 flights a day.
Wizz Air aims to be one of the top three airlines in Europe. Wizz Air has been growing in the Central and Eastern European market as well as in the UK, Austria and Italy.
Váradi believes there is “a well-established cooperation between Wizz Air and the Hungarian government, which is successful and mutually beneficial.” Váradi and Wizz Air’s goals remain to ensure that travel will not become a luxury commodity, despite the difficult financial situation.
Wizz Air and Debrecen International Airport jointly celebrated 10 years of successful cooperation. In 2012, the first Wizz Air flight took off from Debrecen and headed to London-Luton. Since then, 2.1 million passengers have chosen Wizz Air flights, writes turizmusonline.hu.
“Debrecen has experienced outstanding development over the past decade and we are proud that this boom and economic recovery is partly due to Wizz Air’s operation in the city. We aim to continue to be part of the success of Debrecen and Debrecen International Airport,” said Váradi.
Source: rtl.hu, turizmusonline.hu