The low-cost airline Wizz Air carried 200 million passengers in 15 years. Its first flight took place on the route from Katowice to London Luton on May 19, 2004.
As the carrier says in a statement last year, thanks to the start-up of operations from the Vienna airport, Wizz “became a major player in the field of air travel in Austria”. Wizz Air UK, its British airline, will soon gain 11 new Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. A hundredth plane decorated with special painting joined the fleet of Wizz Air and launched a training center in Budapest at a cost of 300 million euros. In addition, he began flights from the newly opened base in Krakow, and added to his fleet of 256 aircraft two new generation A321neo airbusy.
To celebrate 15 years and 200 million customers, the carrier took a picture of all passengers on a flight from Kiev to Katowice. He also gave them vouchers worth 200 euros on their flights.
– We are celebrating the transport of 200 million passengers from 146 airports in 44 countries – says the president of the airline József Váradi, quoted in the communiqué. – There is no doubt that our crew is the source of this success. There are, however, four key elements that decided about the advantage of Wizz Air over the competition in Europe. Thanks to our unique business model, we are leaders in the industry and one of the most valued airlines on the continent. The position of the market leader and increased concentration in Central and Eastern Europe provides us with an advantage allowing us to appear on the unsaturated market. The order of over 250 modern A321neo aircraft is crucial for the development of WIZZ and will reduce the cost of travel and the impact on the environment of each passenger, as well as reduce noise and carbon footprint. In addition, our culturally diverse organization and management team represents over 50 nationalities, thanks to which we have a truly global view that allows us to make sustainable decisions and respond quickly to changes in our industry.
– Since 2004, the Wizz Air base has had a significant impact on the development of passenger traffic at Katowice Airport – adds Artur Tomasik, president of Górnośląskie Towarzystwo Lotniczego SA, managing Katowice Airport. – At the beginning of its activity in Pyrzowice, Wizz Air carried about 600,000 passengers a year, in the previous year there were 2.1 million of them. It is worth remembering that it was from Pyrzowice that the line launched the first low-cost connection in the history of Polish regional airports to Ukraine, Georgia, Dubai and Israel. In the schedule “Summer 2019” the carrier offers from Katowice Airport 42 routes to 19 countries.