Ryanair and Wizz Air retain flight schedules amid easyJet cancellations

Ryanair and Wizz Air have said that they will not be altering their summer flight schedules like easyJet, and have taken measures to mitigate the potential chaos caused by air traffic control delays, The Telegraph has reported.

The statement comes after easyJet revealed it would cancel 1,700 flights across the summer due to air traffic control delays. It said that 95 per cent of the 180,000 passengers affected had been booked onto other flights.

Ryanair stated that it will maintain its full schedule of 3,200 daily flights throughout the summer and noted that it is fully staffed for the season. Wizz Air, on the other hand, has doubled its operations team and increased its plane crew by 10 percent. It has also added 11 percent extra aircraft capacity and implemented an AI tool to better forecast and mitigate disruptions.

Citing easyJet’s flight cancellations, Ryanair said that there was a need for urgent air traffic control reform in Europe. Ryanair had previously submitted a petition to the European Commission, signed by over 1.2 million passengers, highlighting the impact of French ATC strikes.

‘These easyJet cancellations again highlight the urgent need for ATC reform in Europe to protect overflights, Ryanair said. ‘We call again on Ursula von der Leyen to take action to protect overflights in response to Ryanair’s petition which was signed by over 1.2 million fed up passengers and was submitted to her office on May 31, over six weeks ago.’

Ryanair and Wizz Air have strengthened their staff numbers to mitigate potential issues caused by air traffic control delays and strikes. British Airways had previously recruited 3,000 additional staff members in preparation for the summer season.

Airlines have a number of challenges this summer, including airspace reduction due to the Russia-Ukraine war and strikes by air traffic control staff. French Air Traffic Control strikes, in particular, have caused significant disruptions, as planes are unable to fly over French airspace during the strikes, the report noted.

Wizz Air launches direct flights from London to Moscow and St. Petersburg

European low-cost airline Wizz Air has said that its British subsidiary airline Wizz Air UK has commenced scheduled direct flights from London Luton to the Russian cities of Moscow and St. Petersburg.

The St. Petersburg route is the first direct flight operated by a British airline from the UK to the Russian destination, and the route to Moscow is the first ever low-cost flight connecting the two capital cities.

Tickets for Wizz Air UK flights can be booked on wizzair.com at a price from EUR29.99 / £25.99, one way, including all taxes.

The new flights from UK to Russia were launched on October 1, 2019 and will be operated daily. The first Wizz Air flight from Luton to Vnukovo Moscow Airport will depart at 15:20 (17:20 Moscow time) with arrival at 21:00 Moscow time, and to Petersburg Pulkovo at 22:40 (00:40 Moscow time Wednesday) with arrival at 04:05 Moscow time. The flights will be operated on 180-seater Airbus A320 and 230-seater Airbus A321 planes, respectively.

Jonathan Pollard, Chief Commercial Officer, London Luton Airport, said: ‘We’re really excited to be launching these two fabulous destinations, making Russia the 44th country to be connected with London Luton Airport. I’m very confident that they will prove a big success with our passengers and we remain grateful to Wizz Air for continuing to widen their choice of destinations available here at the airport.’

Owain Jones, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK said: ‘We are thrilled to offer our UK passengers the opportunity to experience Russia’s major cities. Those looking to immerse themselves in the rich history and culture of Moscow and St. Petersburg need look no further, as our direct, low-fare flights make these cities more accessible than ever. Wizz Air is delighted to continually offer our customers more opportunities to discover new and exciting destinations across Europe and further afield and look forward to welcoming passengers travelling to Russia on-board our young, green and ultra-efficient Airbus aircraft fleet.’

Wizz Air now offers 107 low fare routes to 30 countries from eleven UK airports; and 63 routes from its base at London Luton Airport.

Wizz Air launches flights to Krakow and Poznan from Birmingham Airport

Birmingham Airport has said that it launched two new routes with Wizz Air this week, resuming the popular Poznan route and introducing a new route to Krakow.

Poznan, located in central Poland, offers a range of attractions including a choice of historical places and museums, renaissance-style architecture, as well as a wide-range of dining and nightlife options. Travellers wishing to explore Krakow, known for its old-world ambiance and charm, can experience a range of galleries, cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport said: ‘It’s great news that Wizz Air is now operating flights to Poznan and Krakow, bringing the total number of routes Wizz Air operate from Birmingham Airport to seven. These new services provide vital connections for friends and family as well as enabling travel to exciting city break destinations! We are grateful to Wizz Air for their continued commitment to Birmingham Airport and the Midlands.

‘Wizz Air also operates to Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Warsaw, and Wroclaw and now adds Poznan and Krakow to its route list. The new routes are a fantastic addition and we’re really looking forward to growing our offering with Wizz Air over the next few years here at Birmingham Airport.’

Tamara Vallois, Head of Marketing and Communications at Wizz Air said: ‘We are delighted to announce we now operate a total of seven routes from Birmingham Airport. We launched our very first Wizz flight to Birmingham in 2015 and today, we offer seven low-fare routes to Poland, Romania and Hungary. With fares from only GBP17.99 hope to see many happy customers on board our brand-new Airbus aircraft on routes to Poznan and Krakow as well as on all the other routes in the Wizz network.’

Wizz Air, a Hungarian airline, has been a partner of Birmingham Airport since June 2015 with its inaugural route to Warsaw, followed by Budapest. The airline now operates flights to Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Warsaw, Wroclaw, and now adds Poznan and Krakow. One-way fares to Poznan and Krakow start from GBP17.99, the airport said.

Wizz Air UK announces two new routes from London Luton to Russia

Wizz Air UK, the UK-based, wholly-owned airline subsidiary of Wizz Air Holdings Plc, has said that it will launch two news services from its London Luton base to Moscow’s Vnukovo International Airport and Pulkovo Airport in St Petersburg.

This is the first time that Wizz Air will connect its low-fare UK network with Russia’s two important cities. Since the launch of Wizz Air UK a year ago, the airline has become the largest operator at London Luton Airport, with over 40 percent market share.

The new flights on the Moscow route will launch on October 1, 2019 and will operate daily. The St Petersburg route, on which Wizz Air UK will be the sole British operating carrier, will also launch on 1 October 2019 and operate daily. Fares on both routes start from £25.99 one way including all taxes and non-optional charges.

Owain Jones, Managing Director, Wizz Air UK, said: ‘Today marks the launch of two of the most exciting routes so far in Wizz Air’s network. For the first time, Wizz Air is giving our customers the chance to travel from the UK to two of Russia’s greatest cities, avoiding high legacy airline prices with our ultra-low fares. We’ll be the only UK carrier flying to St Petersburg and on both new routes, our customers will enjoy Wizz Air’s great travel experience on-board Europe’s youngest and greenest aircraft. Moscow and St Petersburg are each steeped in culture and history, having seen some of the most momentous events in world history and should definitely be on everyone’s list of places to visit. The whole Wizz Air team looks forward to welcoming customers old and new on-board our new flights linking the UK and Russia.’

Currently Wizz Air has over 8.5 million seats on sale on its 61 London Luton routes, representing 20% growth year on year. With the new Moscow routes, Wizz Air now offers 100 low fare routes to 28 countries from ten UK airports.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport announces new direct route to Budapest

Doncaster Sheffield Airport has announced a new Wizz air flight to Budapest to commence services from October 29, 2018.

The new thrice weekly service from Doncaster Sheffield – on Monday, Wednesday and Friday – follows the introduction of a route to Debrecen a few weeks ago. With the new route, Doncaster Sheffield will have a total of five flights per week and almost 100,000 seats to Hungary. Tickets for Wizz Air flights to Budapest, Hungary, are now on sale.

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said: ‘Wizz air is an important strategic partner of DSA. Since opening operations in 2006 we have worked together in partnership to develop a growing range of routes with over 3 million passengers carried.

As one of Europe’s leading low cost Airlines renowned for low fares and exceptional service we share many of the same values. Today we are delighted to offer even greater choice to such an impressive destination, such is Budapest’

Owain Jones, Chief Corporate Officer at Wizz Air, said: ‘WIZZ is the European airline that is always creating more and more exciting travel connections for our customers across Europe and beyond. We are delighted to be the first airline to connect Doncaster Sheffield with Budapest, giving our UK customers in the north of England the opportunity to experience the stunning architecture, world famous wines and superb gastronomy on offer in one of Europe’s most beautiful and vibrant capital cities.’

One of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Budapest has several historical structures that would interest the tourists such as the Royal Palace, Hungarian State Opera, and Castle Museum. Known as the City of Baths, the city has over 120 thermal baths and spas around the Danube river and also hosts major music festivals such as Sziget Festival on an island located on the river itself.

The city is also rapidly emerging as a global business centre. It was previously named one the highest ranked cities in Central Eastern Europe for innovation and now regularly ranks within the top 30 European cities in the world.

Wizz Air to launch Lublin service from Liverpool Airport

European low-fares airline Wizz Air has announced plans to commence new flights from UK’s Liverpool John Lennon Airport (LJLA) to the Polish city of Lublin in May 2017.

The new service will be the North West’s only flights to Lublin – the largest city in South East Poland. The announcement comes as the airline celebrated the first anniversary of its Lublin base. Lublin will be Wizz Air’s sixth destination from Liverpool, adding to the airline’s existing flights to Warsaw, Gdansk, Katowice, Riga and Budapest.

Commencing May 21, 2017, the new twice weekly service will operate on Sundays and Wednesdays. With this new service starting next summer, Wizz Air’s weekly departures from Liverpool will increase to 17. Flights are now on sale with fares from £16.49 one way and can be booked on www.wizzair.com.

Paul Winfield, LJLA’s Air Service Development Manager, said, ‘We are delighted that Wizz Air are to further strengthen their presence at Liverpool by expanding their range of destinations to include Lublin and we look forward to continuing to work with them and explore further opportunities to operate more flights from Liverpool – the North West’s Fastest, Easiest and Friendliest Airport.’

Tamara Vallois, Head of Communications at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are thrilled today to announce our sixth route from Liverpool. The new service is our fourth low-fare connection from Liverpool to Poland and offers direct access to the picturesque city of Lublin in Lesser Poland. Lublin boasts a beautiful Old Town and is ideal for a short city break as well as a great value for money longer getaway. With tickets starting from only £16.49, we hope to see many happy customers on board our young fleet.’

Gabor Vasarhelyi, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, commented: ‘The first WIZZ flight took off from Lublin Airport in 2012 and since then, we carried over half million passengers on our low-fare Lublin routes. In 2015 we established base operations in the city creating a number of local jobs and bringing affordable travel to even more Polish customers. Today we celebrate the first anniversary of our base with an exciting announcement of the newest destination in our Lublin network. Liverpool is now available on our low fares from Lublin and we are sure customers will appreciate this connection to yet another attractive UK destination. We will remain committed to our Lublin customers and look forward to continuing our fruitful cooperation with Lublin Airport as we bring more opportunities to Lesser Poland.’

Since its first flight in 2012, Wizz Air has constantly expanded its Lublin network, which now includes seven low-fare routes to four countries. In 2015, Wizz Air carried 175,000 passengers on its Lublin routes. In 2016 Wizz Air has over 300,000 seats on sale on its Lublin routes, which represents a 57 per cent growth year over year.

Wizz Air launches direct flights from Aberdeen to Warsaw

Wizz Air, one of the leading European low-fares airlines, has launched direct flights from Aberdeen International Airport to the Polish capital of Warsaw on May 13, 2016, the airport said in a release.

This is the first time that Aberdeen International Airport is offering a route to Warsaw, Poland’s cultural capital and a hotspot for tourists. Wizz Air will operate the year round, twice weekly service on Monday and Fridays. Seats on the new routes are already on sale and can be booked on wizzair.com.

Lynn Harwood, route development manager at Aberdeen Airport, said: ‘Wizz Air is an ambitious and rapidly growing airline and the addition of Warsaw is fantastic news for the airport and the city. We are continually working to expand our route network and not only will Wizz Air’s new routes strengthen our connectivity with Europe’s major cities, it has huge potential to generate significant in-bound tourism for Aberdeen.’

Tamara Mshvenieradze, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are thrilled to be celebrating the launch of our Warsaw route from Aberdeen Airport. Aberdeen, one of our nine UK airports, is now connected with two WIZZ destinations in Poland: Gdansk located on the beautiful Baltic sea coast and the Polish capital Warsaw. Our professional crew is looking forward to welcoming many UK passengers with a WIZZ smile on board of our new Airbus fleet and we look forward to a fruitful partnership with Aberdeen Airport.’

Wizz Air first arrived at Aberdeen International Airport last year when it launched a twice weekly service to Gdansk in June – a very popular route today. With the expansion at Aberdeen, the airline now offers a total of 420 routes to 39 countries.

Aberdeen Airport earlier this year announced a total of £20 million investment at the airport, which will result in a 50 percent increase in the size of the terminal building and a complete transformation of current passenger facilities. The first phase of the three year project is scheduled to begin in May, 2016.

The planned investment includes the creation of two new passenger lounges, a new security search area, an expanded baggage reclaim area, new immigration facilities and new retail and catering facilities within the main departures lounge, the airport said earlier.

Wizz Air announces new route from Birmingham to Sofia

Wizz Air, one of Europe’s leading low-cost airlines, has announced the introduction of a new route from Birmingham to Sofia, Birmingham Airport said in a release.

The new route to the capital city of Bulgaria will commence on March 27 and operate twice a week on Sundays and Wednesdays. The new service is Wizz Air’s sixth route from Birmingham, along with Bucharest, Budapest, Poznan, Warsaw and Wroclaw.

Tickets on Wizz Air’s new Sofia service are on sale and can be booked at wizzair.com from £28.49 one-way, including taxes and non-optional charges.

Tamara Mshvenieradze, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are thrilled to announce a sixth route from Birmingham Airport, one of our eight UK airports, today. Birmingham is now connected with four countries on WIZZ’s low-fares: Hungary, Romania, Poland and Bulgaria we look forward to a fruitful partnership with Birmingham Airport as well as to seeing many happy passengers on board.’

William Pearson, Birmingham Airport’s Aviation Development director, said: ‘This news has really got 2016 off to a great start. We’re very excited about Wizz Air’s growth at Birmingham and delighted to see Sofia being added to the growing route network available from Birmingham. Having launched only in September with flights to Warsaw and Budapest, the carrier has since launched flights to Poznan and will be operating to Wroclaw, Bucharest and Sofia from the summer, as well as increasing services to the popular city of Budapest from two to three times weekly.

‘WIZZ is recognising the opportunities available from the Midlands region and opening up many brand new destinations, which are proving to be very popular with those visiting relatives and enjoying short leisure breaks.’

Separately, Birmingham Airport said that it has celebrated its most successful year to date, handling 10.2 million passengers during the 2015 calendar year – nearly five percent more than the previous year. On the whole, 10,188,889 passengers travelled through the airport in 2015 – the first time the airport has crossed the 10 million passenger mark in a calendar year in its 75 year history.

Wizz Air announces new route to Kosice, Slovakia from Bristol Airport

Wizz Air has said that it will add another new route from Bristol Airport to Kosice, Slovakia.

The new Kosice route will commence on October 10 and will be operated with two weekly flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The route announcement follows the introduction of Sofia, Bulgaria to Wizz Air’s schedule from Bristol. The addition of the Kosice flight brings the total number of Wizz Air destinations to three from Bristol, namely Katowice, Sofia and Kosice.

Tamara Mshvenieradze, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: ‘We are thrilled to announce the excellent news for customers in the South West of the UK. From 10 October we will fly from Bristol to Kosice every Tuesday and Saturday, making our newest Slovakian destination famous for beautiful architecture and rich cultural heritage ideal for short city breaks. WIZZ now offers 3 routes to 3 countries from Bristol. With fares from only £15.49 we urge our customers to book the lowest fares today on wizzair.com.’

Peter Downes, Head of Aviation Development at Bristol Airport, said: ‘This is exciting news and we are delighted to welcome another new destination to the Wizz Air route network from Bristol Airport.

‘Wizz Air is opening up new, previously unserved markets for passengers in the South West and Wales, and these destinations offer customers more choice than ever before when planning a city break getaway.As a previous holder of European Capital of Culture, and serving as a gateway to six UNESCO world heritage sites including the world-famous Tokaj wine region, Kosice is one of the hidden gems of Eastern Europe.’

A city in eastern Slovakia situated on the river Hornad, Kosice presents travellers and explorers with a well preserved historical centre with many historical buildings, palaces and churches. Slovakia’s biggest Gothic cathedral – St. Elizabeths Cathedral – is one of the unique attractions of the city.

Kosice is the second largest city in Slovakia after the capital Bratislava. The city is near the border with Hungary and close to the eastern reaches of the Slovak Ore Mountains.

Kosice was named the European Capital of Culture 2013.