Wizz Air will become Luton airport’s largest airline with the introduction of two new A321ceo aircraft and six new routes.
The additional capacity will give Wizz Air a 42% market share at the airport and comes as it invests more than $230 million in its base there, writes Olivia Rook.
The additional aircraft will increase capacity on Luton routes to 8.7 million seats once they arrive in summer 2019.
The six new routes will connect Luton with Bergen and Oslo in Norway, Turku in Finland, Thessaloniki in Greece, Porto in Portugal and Catania in Italy. The flights will launch between July and September 2019.
These new services mean that Wizz Air now offers 60 low-fare routes to 28 countries from its Luton base.
The two additional aircraft will see the airline offer increased frequencies on popular routes from Luton airport to Larnaca in Cyprus, the Moldovan capital Chisinau, the Albanian capital Tirana, the Greek capital Athens, and Suceava and Constanta in Romania.
Wizz Air’s expansion comes as the airline celebrates 40 million passengers since May 2004, when the airline launched its first route from Luton to Katowice in Poland.
Owain Jones, managing director of Wizz Air UK, said: “Our six new routes to Bergen, Oslo, Turku, Thessaloniki, Porto and Catania further strengthen our west-to-west offering and are all truly fascinating destinations, and increase the choice for our customers whether they are looking for a city break, beach holiday or family trip abroad."