With a new decision to purchase new slots at Gatwick, Wizz Air has made it clear that the company is not neglecting the UK market and is ready to commit to Gatwick Airport.
Wizz Air, the Hungary-based low-cost airline, Europe’s fastest-growing one, announced on 22 December that it has successfully acquired 15 daily slots from Norwegian Air Shuttle at Gatwick Airport.
The deal means Wizz Air UK will base four additional Airbus A321neo aircraft at Gatwick, bringing the total aircraft based at Gatwick to five from Spring 2022 onwards,
the company reported, adding that Wizz Air will be launching a host of new low-fare routes, and the acquired slots will also create significant inbound flight opportunities for the company.
Wizz Air first opened its base in Gatwick in October 2020, and the company has since offered a wealth of both well-known and emerging destinations for its customers based in London and the South of England, as well as a boost to the local economy by creating local jobs.
This purchase confirms Wizz Air’s long-term commitment to the region and Gatwick, the company said.
This announcement follows Wizz Air’s continued call to the UK Government to reinstate the use-it-or-lose-it slots usage rule, to ensure that UK customers can benefit from a choice of destination and airline, as well as competitive, low fares, they added.
It is important to note that in November, Wizz Air, Gatwick Airport, Belfast International, and Edinburgh Airport formed a coalition in order to urge the Transport Secretary to end the current slots waiver. This would in turn enable a healthy competition balanced by both the consumer and the industry.
Wizz Air’s Group Chief Executive Officer, József Váradi, commented that “Acquiring airport slots at Gatwick Airport will enable us to enhance our presence and competitive position in the London market.
We continue to develop our business in the United Kingdom and remain committed to making air travel affordable for all. The 2022 season has the potential to be a tremendous opportunity for UK aviation to get back on its feet.”
For more info, visit Wizz Air’s website.