Wizz Air invests in Budapest base

Wizz Air is to invest HUF 25 billion ($100 million) into expanding its operations in Budapest, with two more Airbus A320s being added at the airport in March.

Following Malev’s cessation of operations, Wizz Air has increased its projections for the number of passengers carried yearly from 1.4 million to 2 million, plus the addition of approximately 700 new (direct and associated) jobs in Hungary. The airline will launch one new route and increase frequencies on several existing routes, taking number of flights per week from 67 to 129.

A new Budapest–Bucharest flight will initially operate three times per week. With the addition of three flights to London Luton, Wizz Air will now offer triple daily service. Flights to Eindhoven and Brussels Charleroi will double in frequency, now operating twice daily. The frequency of flights to Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Milan, and Malmo will also double and be available at least daily.

"Wizz Air remains highly committed to Hungary, our homeland. We have been growing year-on-year since the start of operation in 2004. We will continue to meet the increase in consumer demand and continue to offer new jobs in Budapest," remarked József Váradi, chief executive officer of Wizz Air.

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