WIZZ AIR CELEBRATES 5-YEAR ANNIVERSARY AT DEBRECEN AIRPORT
1 BASED AIRCRAFT, 6 ROUTES AND 800,000 PASSENGERSTO DATE
Debrecen, 19 June 2017: Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, celebrated on Sunday the 5th anniversary of its operations at Debrecen Airport.
Since its first commercial Debrecen flight to London-Luton on 18 June, 2012, Wizz Air has constantly expanded its Debrecen network, now offering six low-fare routes to London Luton, Paris Beauvais, Milan Bergamo, Eindhoven, Malmo, and the newest WIZZ destination in the airline’s Debrecen network, Tel Aviv. The Tel Aviv route, which commenced this March, has quickly become popular among leisure as well as business travelers in both countries.
In 2015, Wizz Air established base operations in the city creating a number of local jobs with the airline and its business partners, while bringing affordable travel to even more Hungarian customers. In 2016, Wizz Air carried 278,000 passengers on its Debrecen routes supporting over 200 local jobs*.
WIZZ’s commitment to Debrecen is further underlined by the title sponsorship of the Debrecen Airport Run, a unique running race on the airport’s runway. The first race took place on 22 April and showcased Wizz Air’s mission to promote mobility and active lifestyle.
Being the hometown airline of Hungary, Wizz Air currently operates flights from two Hungarian bases in Budapest and Debrecen with a total of 12 aircraft in the country. In 2016, 3.7 million passengers flew with WIZZ to and from Hungary, which is more than any airline has ever carried on its Hungarian routes, and represents 23% growth year over year. Based on the 2016 figures the airline’s operations support over 2,800 indirect local jobs*. WIZZ now offers 69 routes from Hungary connecting Budapest and Debrecen with 29 countries.
Gábor Vásárhelyi, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the 5th anniversary of our first Debrecen flight. Starting with one route to London-Luton in 2012, we now offer 6 exciting low-fare routes from Debrecen and in these five years have carried 800,000 passengers on our Debrecen routes while this year we offer over 330,000 seats on sale to and from the city. Today, 1.5 year after we based an aircraft at Debrecen Airport, we are proud to say that Wizz Air’s Debrecen operations have been making Hajdu–Bihar County and the region more accessible, fostered economic development and boosted tourism and hospitality industries in the region. We look forward to continuing our fruitful partnership with Debrecen Airport and to welcoming ever more passengers on our low-fare Debrecen routes.”
István Herdon, the Chief Executive Officer of XANGA Group said: "We are very proud to celebrate Wizz Air’s 5th anniversary at Debrecen Airport. This is an important milestone in the airport’s history and we are willing to celebrate more milestones and more new routes from Debrecen in the coming years. Over the last 5 years, we have seen an increasing demand for Wizz Air’s routes from Debrecen Airport as customers in Eastern Hungary, Ukraine, East-Slovakia and in the Partium region take advantage of Wizz Air’s low fares and great services to Europe's most attractive destinations including London, Paris, Milan, Eindhoven, Malmö or Tel Aviv.”
* ACI suggests creation of 750 on-site jobs for every 1 million carried passengers per year
About Wizz Air
Wizz Air is the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, operates a fleet of 83 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft, and offers more than 500 routes from 28 bases, connecting 141 destinations across 42 countries. At Wizz Air, a team of approximately 3,300 aviation professionals delivers superior service and very low ticket prices making Wizz Air the preferred choice of 23.8 million passengers in financial year ended 31 March 2017. Wizz Air is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker WIZZ and is included in the FTSE 250 and FTSE All-Share Indices. Wizz Air is registered under the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), the global benchmark in airline safety recognition. The company was recently named 2016 Value Airline of the Year by the editors of Air Transport World, one of the leading airline trade magazines, as well as 2016 Low Cost Airline of the Year by the Center for Aviation (CAPA), a leading provider of independent aviation market intelligence.
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Notes for Editors:
- All flights operated on Airbus A320 aircraft, with 180 seats and A321 aircraft with 230 seats
- New Airbus A321 deliveries started in November 2015
- For free pictures of aircraft, crews and logo library please visit http://wizzair.com/en-GB/press