Wizz Air announces new routes from Glasgow to Budapest and Bucharest

Wizz Air, the European regional airlines, has announced plans to launch new flight routes from Glasgow.

Beginning in November, the Hungary-based airline will commence operations to Budapest and Bucharest, marking a shift from their previous departure point in Edinburgh.

The airline will operate two flights each week to both Budapest and Bucharest, effectively doubling Wizz Air’s flight frequency from Glasgow Airport to a total of four flights per week. This expansion opens up exciting prospects for travellers in Glasgow, offering them the chance to explore these historically rich European cities, just in time for the enchanting Christmas markets and festive celebrations. Tickets are already available to purchase now at wizzair.com or on Wizz Air’s mobile app.

Both Budapest and Bucharest are sought-after destinations for a diverse range of travellers, from couples seeking romantic getaways to solo adventurers and families looking for memorable holiday experiences. The launch of these new flight routes promises an exciting opportunity for travellers to immerse themselves in the magic of these European cities while enjoying the holiday season.

Marion Geoffroy, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, said: ‘Budapest and Bucharest may sound similar in name, but they offer so many different, amazing activities for travellers wanting to explore more of what Europe has to offer. From incredible restaurants to the great outdoors, both locations have something for every kind of explorer. We’re pleased to continue to connect Glasgow to the rest of Europe and look forward to operating these flights from November as part of our new winter schedule.’

Matt Hazelwood, Chief Commercial Officer at AGS Airports, which owns Glasgow Airport, said: ‘Wizz Air’s return to Glasgow is fantastic news, offering two sensational destinations in Central and Eastern Europe. From this winter, Scottish travellers can jet away to Budapest and Bucharest, both flown twice weekly. Whether it’s sipping local Furmint wine on a Danube city cruise through Budapest or exploring the world’s heaviest building in Bucharest, both destinations will offer our passengers the perfect city break this winter.’

Wizz Air announces new route from London Luton To Cairo

European airline Wizz Air has announced the introduction of a fresh route from London Luton Airport to Cairo, Egypt, starting from October 30, 2023.

This new travel option opens up opportunities for UK travellers, connecting them to Sphinx International Airport in Cairo. From there, they can explore the captivating city of Giza, known for its historic significance with landmarks like the Great Pyramid and The Great Sphinx, both dating back to ancient times.

Cairo, a dynamic modern city steeped in history and situated along the iconic Nile River, offers a mix of contemporary living and traditional culture, featuring local music, delectable cuisine, and scenic river tours.

Marion Geoffroy, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, said: ‘Our routes from Egypt to the UK are fast becoming some of our most popular, so we are delighted to be offering passengers more ways to explore this culturally rich destination. From Sphinx International Airport, travellers have so much ancient history at their fingertips to discover. With slightly cooler temperatures in winter, it’s the perfect time to explore this vibrant destination as part of our new winter schedule.’

Jonathan Rayner, Chief Commercial Officer at London Luton Airport said: ‘Providing our passengers with even greater choice is key to the simple and friendly passenger experience that we offer. We are delighted to announce the launch of flights from London Luton Airport to Sphinx International Airport, offering passengers an exciting new choice of destination and the opportunity to visit some truly breathtaking and iconic landmarks.’

The new flights will operate on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, catering to a range of schedules, with fares starting from £53.99 for a one-way trip. Travelers can benefit from Wizz Air’s WIZZ Flex feature, which allows them to cancel flights up to three hours before departure without incurring any fees and receive a full fare refund in the form of airline credit.

Wizz Air commences direct flights to Istanbul from Luton and Gatwick

European regional airline Wizz Air has announced the launch of new routes from London Luton Airport and Gatwick Airport to Istanbul in Turkiye.

The new daily flights from London Luton Airport and Gatwick Airport commenced services on March 28, with flights from both airports operating to Turkiye’s largest city, Istanbul. Known as the cultural capital of the country, Istanbul is rich with historic sites, contemporary art museums and lively cafes.

Marion Geoffroy, Managing Director, Wizz Air UK said: ‘We are excited to announce the launch of two new routes to Istanbul from our bases at London Luton Airport and Gatwick Airport. With its striking architecture, buzzing markets and authentic cuisine, Istanbul is a unique city that offers something for every traveller. Together with our recently announced routes to Antalya and Dalaman from Gatwick Airport, today’s announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to serving the Turkish market as well as to offering improved connectivity, affordable fares and even more choice to our UK customers. Not only is Istanbul a new destination for Wizz Air, but it is also a brand new destination for London Luton Airport. We look forward to welcoming passengers onboard our young, efficient and sustainable aircraft.’

Stephanie Wear, VP Aviation Development, London Gatwick Airport said: ‘We are really pleased to welcome Wizz Air’s new route to Istanbul. It adds to the excellent range of destinations Wizz offers London Gatwick passengers and, as the first low-cost offer between Gatwick and Istanbul, provides more competition for people looking to visit this fantastic, historic city.’

The new routes build on Wizz Air’s continued expansion, with new routes from Gatwick Airport to Antalya, Dalaman, (Turkiye) and Verona, (Italy) and from London Luton Airport to Amman, (Jordan), Bydgoszcz, and Lodz (Poland).

Jonathan Rayner, Chief Commercial Officer at London Luton Airport said: ‘Istanbul is a vibrant and historic city that is sure to be a firm favourite with passengers flying from London Luton Airport. It’s always exciting to see a new destination appear on London Luton Airport’s departure boards and Istanbul is the first of several new destinations set to be introduced over the coming months, providing even greater choice as part of the simple and friendly passenger experience that we offer.’

Wizz Air announces new routes connecting Dubrovnik with London Luton Airport

Wizz Air, one of Europe’s fastest growing airlines, has announced the launch of new routes connecting Dubrovnik and London Luton Airport.

Flights from Dubrovnik to London Luton Airport will be on Mondays, Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays from July 4 to October 28 2022. Passengers can book tickets on wizzair.com or via WIZZ mobile app, at a starting price of EUR26.99.

Alongside the launch, Wizz Air, has also announced the launch of a new route connecting Dubrovnik and Wroclaw.

Zsuzsa Trubek, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are delighted to have added new routes to and from Croatia to Wizz Air’s network. We are extremely pleased to announce new lines connecting Dubrovnik with Wroclaw, Poland and London Luton Airport. With these two new routes, we are now flying all together five routes to and from Dubrovnik and so we believe that our passengers can plan their long-awaited holidays or weekend get-aways with us. Our enhanced protective measures will ensure the best possible sanitary conditions for travellers while operating with the lowest environmental footprint. We look forward to welcome passengers back on board with great service and a smile.’

With Wizz, passengers can travel with the airline’s travel insurance package which includes Covid-19 cover and WIZZ Flex. Wizz Air travel Insurance now includes medical expenses and cancellation cover following covid-19 infection, subject to certain conditions.

WIZZ Flex passengers can cancel their flight up to three hours before departure without any fee and get 100 percent of the original fare reimbursed in airline credit, as well as change dates and even routes an unlimited number of times.

Wizz Air announces launch of 18 new routes ahead of summer season at Gatwick Airport

Wizz Air has announced the launch of 18 new routes from its base at Gatwick Airport.

The announcement comes as all COVID-19 travel measures, including the Passenger Locator Form and tests for all arrivals, have been terminated and is well timed for the Easter holidays. Tickets are now available on wizzair.com and on the airline’s mobile app, with fares starting from £8.99.

The launch coincides with the reopening of Gatwick’s South Terminal. With a mix of year-round and seasonal routes to Bari, Bourgas, Faro, Milan, Naples, Palermo, Rome, Palma de Mallorca, Larnaca, Varna, Venice, Vienna, Catania, Podgorica, Tel Aviv, Chania, Mykonos and Funchal, the expansion will see Wizz Air operate a total of 25 routes from Gatwick Airport.

Marion Geoffroy, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, said: ‘Today’s route launches signify the start of an exciting new chapter for Wizz Air UK at Gatwick Airport as we embark on the summer travel season. Through this significant expansion we are reaffirming our commitment to providing low-fare connectivity to our customers in London and the South of England – and we want them to know that WIZZ is here to stay.

‘The lifting of all Covid-19 travel restrictions is an extremely positive development for the travel industry and passengers alike, with customers once again being able to travel hassle-free to their favourite destinations. We look forward to welcoming customers old and new onboard our young, efficient and green aircraft to enjoy the excellent service WIZZ is known for, as they head off on their well-deserved trips abroad.’

Jonathan Pollard, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport said: ‘We are delighted that Wizz is adding 18 new routes to its Gatwick offer, meaning passengers can now fly from Gatwick with Wizz to a total of 25 popular European destinations. Wizz’s expansion and commitment to Gatwick marks the start of an exciting time for the airport as well as the airline, coinciding with the reopening of Gatwick’s South Terminal.

‘Wizz’s growing range of destinations is excellent news for passengers across London and the South East, providing more choice and competition to in-demand destinations. Importantly, it’s also fantastic news for the local economy, with more than 200 jobs created as a direct result of the new services.’

Wizz Air passengers can now book tickets with the airline’s travel insurance package which includes Covid-19 cover and WIZZ Flex. With WIZZ Flex, passengers can cancel their flight up to three hours before departure without any fee and receive 100 percent of the fare reimbursed in airline credit.

UK airports and Wizz Air urge reinstatement of airport slot rules amid concern over rising airfares

According to an online YouGov survey commissioned by Gatwick Airport and Wizz Air, more than half (56%) of people surveyed who are planning to fly in the next 12 months are concerned about airfares increasing in the current climate.

More than a quarter (28%) of these people surveyed also said they are concerned about a reduction in the number of destinations they can choose to fly to, and 24% are worried about a reduction in the number of airlines they can fly with.

The survey comes as the UK Government is currently consulting on the slot rules for Summer 2022. Airport slot rules are claimed to aid customers by ensuring competitiveness in the aviation market.

The UK’s slot regulations were understandably suspended during the pandemic; however, Gatwick and Wizz Air are calling for them to be urgently reinstated for Summer 2022 now that passenger numbers are expected to rise significantly following the removal of many travel restrictions. Both Gatwick and Wizz Air recognise the continuing pandemic risks and that borders will be restricted as they have been in response to the Omicrom variant.

Earlier this month, a coalition of UK airports and Wizz Air called for the urgent reinstatement of the previous 80/20 slot regulations – where airlines must use their assigned slots 80 percent of the time, or risk losing them – for the vital summer 2022 season in a letter to the Secretary of State for Transport.

Jonathan Pollard, Chief Commercial Officer, Gatwick Airport, said: ‘It’s interesting that passengers support our view that the existing airport slot rules need to change. Consumers seem to recognise that the slot rules help maximise competition by keeping airfares low while increasing their choice of destinations and airline.

‘Restoring the slot rules would be a clear signal that the UK Government is getting fully behind the recovery of the UK aviation sector. A decision on the summer 2022 slot rules before Christmas would allow the industry to start planning resources for a smooth ramp up of operations as the industry looks to recover from the most difficult period in its history.’

Marion Geoffroy, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK said: ‘Passengers are clearly concerned that air fares will increase if airport slot allocation rules remain the same. The Government has an opportunity to do right by passengers now and reinstate the 80:20 ‘use it or lose it’ rules in time for the summer 2022 season, which will be so crucial to the UK aviation industry’s recovery.’

Wizz Air launches new flights from Liverpool to Rome

Wizz Air, the Central and Eastern Europe-focused low-cost carrier, has launched a new service to its growing network from Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) with flights to the Italian capital of Rome starting this summer.

The new service operates three times weekly, starting July 1, 2021 departing on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The service sees the return of flights to the Italian capital for the first time in over two years.

Paul Winfield, Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s Director of Aviation Development commented, ‘The region’s travellers have been largely grounded for most of the past 14 months, but we believe that the demand for international travel remains strong, which is why we have continued to work closely with our airline partners to offer passengers from across the region a great choice of destinations to choose from over the coming weeks and months, once international travel restrictions are lifted next week.

‘We are delighted to see Wizz Air continue to develop their business from Liverpool, creating more opportunities for passengers from across the North West and North Wales to travel to a growing number of European destinations direct from Liverpool.’

This is the third new route from Liverpool to be announced recently, and adds to Wizz Air’s growing network by becoming its 13th route from Liverpool airport. More information and tickets are available at Wizz Air’s Liverpool network, at www.wizzair.com.

Wizz Air to commence new service from Cardiff to Jersey

Wizz Air UK, the UK-registered and based airline of European airline group, has said that it is set to launch its first ever domestic service from Cardiff Airport, its newest base, with flights to Jersey.

Starting July 9, 2021, the new flights will operate twice weekly on Monday and Friday, with fares starting from £17.99. One carry-on bag in included, while the trolley bag and each piece of checked-in baggage is subject to additional fees. The price applies only to bookings made on wizzair.com and the WIZZ mobile app. Tickets are available now on wizzair.com or the airline’s app.

With a sunny climate, Jersey and the surrounding Channel Islands is an ideal getaway for UK holidaymakers. The largest of the archipelago, Jersey has beautiful sandy beaches and aquamarine waters. Nature lovers will enjoy exploring the island with its cliffside walking trails, while the underground hospital complex built during WW2 is an attraction for history enthusiasts.

Owain Jones, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, said: ‘The Wizz Air UK team is working hard to ensure that summer 2021 is not cancelled, by continuing to provide low-fare flights to the destinations that our UK customers love to travel to. After an extremely challenging year we know that our customers are looking to get away for some sunshine and relaxation. Jersey has it all: uncrowded beaches, natural beauty and rich history. We are looking forward to offering Welsh customers the opportunity to explore Jersey and the surrounding Channel Islands. The Wizz Air UK crew will be welcoming passengers on board our young and green aircraft to provide the excellent onboard service we are known for.’

Spencer Birns, CEO at Cardiff Airport, said: ‘We’re delighted that Wizz Air has re-instated an in-demand service to Jersey, starting in July. The route will allow our customers to travel easily to reconnect with friends and family, and take a well-earned break to enjoy Jersey’s great beaches and warm weather. We’d like to thank Wizz Air for their continued support, and we look forward to the base opening this summer.’

Wizz Air announces expansion to Luton route network

Wizz Air, the Hungary-based European regional airline, has announced the launch of two new routes from London Luton to Gibraltar and Madeira, with flights commencing on December 11, 2020.

With warm year-round temperatures, Gibraltar and Madeira are sought after destinations for winter sun. Ahead of the festive season, Wizz Air UK, the group’s British airline, will offer flights twice a week from London Luton to Gibraltar and Madeira. Starting December 11, the London Luton – Gibraltar route will be operated on Mondays and Fridays, while London Luton – Madeira will be operated on Tuesday and Saturdays   commencing December 2020.

Tickets are already on sale on wizzair.com and on the airline’s mobile app with fares starting from £24.99. The one-way price includes taxes, administration and other non-optional charges. One carry-on bag (max: 40x30x20cm) is included. Trolley bag and each piece of checked-in baggage are subject to additional fees.

Owain Jones, Managing Director, Wizz Air UK: ‘Wizz Air UK continues to lead the way in getting the UK flying again, safely We are delighted to be announcing yet more new routes for our UK customers, who we know want to travel, especially with the winter months looming. That’s why we are wasting no time by introducing exciting holiday destinations to our UK network, with genuinely affordable fares. With over 70 routes from London Luton to choose from, passengers have even more opportunity to escape to their dream destination, whether it’s discovering the unique Mediterranean peninsula of Gibraltar or exploring the stunning volcanic island of Madeira. Wherever passengers are headed, they can be assured that they are travelling with an airline that has led the industry with enhanced health and safety measures, and that operates with the lowest CO2 emissions in Europe. We’re looking forward to welcoming passengers on board to experience our excellent service.’

Wizz Air commences new flight service from Bacau to London Luton

Wizz Air, the European low-cost airline, has said that it has commenced its first flight between London Luton and Bacau, on October 19.

The new Bacau – London Luton route will be operated on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sunday until 15 November 2020, and daily from 15 November 2020, with fares starting from £12.99. The price is one-way, including administration fee including one carry-on bag (max: 40x30x20cm). Trolley bag and each piece of checked-in baggage is subject to additional fees. The price applies only to bookings made on wizzair.com and the WIZZ mobile app.

Paulina Gosk, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are happy to start the route from Bacau to London Luton. This new service truly marks the democratization of flying in Bacau, as passengers will be able to access affordable fares and safe and comfortable travel. We have dedicated ourselves to keeping the highest standards of our sanitizing protocols for passengers and crew on board so travelling with Wizz Air remains a swift and pleasant experience. Our friendly and highly skilled crew looks forward to welcoming each WIZZ passenger on board of our young and modern aircraft.’

As of October 29, Wizz Air will open its seventh base in Romania to operate 13 routes in total to Italy, Great Britain, Belgium, Denmark, Germany and Cyprus. Tickets for all new routes can be booked on wizzair.com or on the airline’s app.