Wizz Air, the Budapest-based Hungarian low-cost airline, announced in August that they would suspend nine Budapest flights from mid-September. Now they added one more route to that list. Here are the details.
Wizz Air suspended Oslo from its Budapest destinations. The suspension lasts between mid-September and end-March. The last flight in the direction of the Norwegian capital will take off next Friday. People having a ticket for the next plane scheduled to take off on 19 September will not be able to travel. They received a message about the suspension only two weeks earlier, this Monday.
Unfortunately, last-minute suspensions are typical in the business policy of Wizz Air, okosutas.hu wrote. Notifying passengers 14 days earlier is crucial for budget airlines. Provided they ran out of that time frame, they would have to pay compensation for their passengers.
The Hungarian travel news website states Wizz Air regularly finds excuses not to compensate people.
Okosutas.hu says the flight’s suspension is not surprising since that route is not too profitable. Despite the fact that Wizz Air’s planes land at Oslo’s main airport and their ticket price is cheaper than the Norwegian’s, the number of passengers choosing the Hungarian airline is low. Furthermore, you could book a ticket for the EUR 15 base price a day before, meaning the flight’s occupancy rate is low.
It might happen that the Hungarian government’s departure tax played a role in the suspension. No one can be certain since Wizz Air, opposite to the Irish Ryanair, does not communicate anything on the issue. However, they suspend their flights to Moldova’s Chișinău during winter.
Meanwhile, they plan to expand in the Romanian market. That is because Romanian airline Blue Air stopped its operation, meaning its capacities are free to take in the market.