Wizz Air is allocating a sixth aircraft to its Vienna base, with a new Airbus A321 to join the fleet in December.
The Austrian low-cost carrier said the new aircraft will enable the start of six new “long-awaited” services from Vienna to Alicante in Spain; Bremen, Germany; Chisinau, Moldova; Naples, Italy; Oslo, Norway, and Porto, Portugal, as well as the increase of frequencies of the airline’s existing Eindhoven and Tel Aviv routes.
Wizz Air opened its Austrian base in Vienna International Airport in June 2018, and now after a year of operations, the airline is further expanding the fleet to six aircraft.
With the six new services and frequency increases, Wizz Air said it will offer almost three million seats in its Austrian network in 2020, which represents a 21% year-on-year growth.
József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air said the announcement “underlines our long term commitment to Vienna, Austria,” and added, “Our continuous growth in Vienna further stimulates the tourism and hospitality sectors in Austria and creates more local jobs. Our expanding route network from Vienna now offers 38 routes to 23 countries and will offer almost three million seats in the airline’s Austrian network in 2020.”
Wizz Air said the new Airbus A321 aircraft represents an investment of a further $118 million (at list prices) by the airline into the Austrian aviation market, and is also expected to create over 40 new jobs with the airline.
In 2018 the airline carried nearly 500,000 passengers on its Austrian routes.