LONDON – Wizz Air (W6) has added its third aircraft, an A321Neo, and has started six new routes from Catania (CTA) plus two from Brindisi (BDS). The news comes seven months after the opening of the CTA base.

From July 3, eight new routes will depart from Italy. International connections such as Abu Dhabi, Tel Aviv, Santorini, Heraklion, and Prague and national ones such as Turin will enrich the company’s network from CTA and connections with Milan Linate (LIN) and Santorini National (JTR).

Today’s announcement follows a period of recent expansion in Italy, with W6 already having four bases (Milan Malpensa, Palermo, Catania, and Bari).

With the placement of the new aircraft, W6’s fleet grows to 13 aircraft in the country and the addition of these eight new routes brings W6’s routes 187, including the recently added routes from Bari. The new Airbus A321neo aircraft will also be based in Catania from July 3 and will join the two already at the base, which was inaugurated last October.

Wizz Air HA-LVK Airbus A321Neo. Photo: Ioan Alonso Gil/Airways

Statement from Chief Commercial Officer

George Michalopoulos, Chief Commercial Officer di Wizz Air said, “I am very pleased to announce the third Catania-based aircraft and the launch of six new routes. With the reopening of Italy, we are happy to be able to contribute to the growth of the local and national economy, stimulating tourism in Sicily and creating hundreds of local jobs.”

“We are delighted to offer exciting and affordable new travel opportunities to international destinations such as Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, Prague, Heraklion, Santorini and national markets such as Turin. Our Italian network is constantly growing and today’s announcement further confirms our commitment in Sicily, Puglia and Italy.”

Wizz Air HA-LTD Airbus A321-231. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways

Statement from CEO of Catania Airport

Nico Torrisi, CEO of Catania Airport said, “We are very satisfied with the news announced by Wizz Air, a dynamic and reliable company that continues to bet on our airport and invest in the territory.”

The six new destinations, extremely attractive for tourism but also for business, and above all the decision to base in Catania, a third aircraft – with all the positive implications in terms of employment and development – are an important sign of recovery in the commercial aviation sector.”

“When Italy is finally ready to welcome tourists again, this operation it constitutes a real injection of confidence for the world of travel and a lever for the economic restart of the territory.”

WizzAir Airbus A320Neo reg. HA-LJD. Photo: Alberto Cucini/Airways

Statement from SAC President

On his part, Sandro Gambuzza, president of SAC said, “The new destinations announced today testify to the highly effective and far-sighted strategy of Wizz Air which, above all, pays a lot of attention to environmental issues.”

“European capitals, Mediterranean islands, Italian and foreign cities of sure call, and above all the route to Abu-Dhabi – very popular and of fundamental importance also in view of the appointment with EXPO to be held in the United Arab Emirates starting from October – allow us to look to the future of the sector with moderate optimism.”

Featured image: Wizz Air HA-LVB Airbus A321Neo. Photo: Daniel Gorun/Airways