LONDON — Over the weekend, WizzAir has opened up its new base in Vienna, Austria using one of its new Airbus A320 aircraft.
The plane will support the start of operations of five new routes from Vienna to destinations across Europe.
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Up to 33 flights will depart from Vienna every week. According to WizzAir, fares from as little as €19.99 one way will be available to the local market. More than 500,000 seats will be on offer from Vienna, the airline said.
“Wizz Air’s first flights from Vienna started in April and now we are inaugurating another five new services,” said George Michalopoulos, Wizz Air’s Chief Commercial Officer.
“By 2019, our new base operations at Vienna will create more than 200 local jobs, and the new destinations added to the network mean even greater choice for our Austrian passengers to discover Europe at truly low fares through a network of 30 routes to 22 countries,“ he added.
This base opening represents a total investment of $570 million. By 2019, the carrier will have five Airbus aircraft based there, which will operate a total of 30 routes across 22 countries, offering 2.2 million seats.
- Valencia – Operating Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays – Launched June 14.
- Rome Fiumicino – Operating Daily – Launched June 14.
- Malta – Operating Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays – Launched June 14.
- Bari – Operating Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays – Launched June 15.
- Tel Aviv – Operating Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays – Launched June 15.
Overall, this is a tremendous milestone for WizzAir. Having been successful across all areas of Central Eastern Europe, the LCC is now looking to expand further west while it capitalizes its presence in Eastern Europe.
While the airline grows in what would seem to be progressive movements further into the west, only time will tell before the Vienna base is operational and what potential western destinations will be on the cards for such operations.