Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, last week celebrated the deployment of the 6th Airbus A320 aircraft at its Katowice base. The additional aircraft allows the airline to launch four new routes to such holiday destinations as Catania on the island of Sicily, Lisbon in Portugal, Reykjavik in Iceland and Malta.
The aircraft represents an investment of USD 98 million by Wizz in Katowice, creating 36 additional direct jobs with the airline. Wizz Air now has more than 200 dedicated local crew based at Katowice Airport, who deliver onboard service on Wizz flights.
Wizz Air also announced that it will start operating a new route from Katowice, which will connect the city with Split at the Croatian seaside. The newest route will be launched on 18th of June and will be operated with two weekly flights, on Wednesdays and Sundays. Seats on the new route are already on sale and can be booked from PLN 169/EUR 39,99.
Split is a popular holiday destination on the eastern shore of the Adriatic Sea. As the main transport hub in the region, the city is also a link to numerous nearby islands. The airport handled 2,29 million passengers last year.
Since its first flight in 2004, Wizz Air has constantly expanded its Katowice network. In 2016, Wizz Air carried over 1,6 million passengers on its Katowice routes supporting more than 1 200 local jobs. With its five new routes starting this year, Wizz Air will have 2,1 million seats on sale on its Katowice routes in 2017, which represents a 13% growth year over year.
WIZZ now offers a total of 37 routes to 18 countries from Katowice Airport.
„We are delighted to celebrate the deployment of the 6th WIZZ aircraft at Katowice with the announcement of another sunny route to the Croatian seaside. Our new flights to Split, Catania, Lisbon, Malta and Reykjavik give an even greater choice of exciting destinations at our low fares and we are sure our customers will appreciate visiting these popular holiday destinations” – said Gabor Vasarhelyi, corporate communications manager at Wizz Air.