Posted on: 05 January 2016 by Ross McSweeny
During December 2015, Wizz Air opened its 22nd operating base in Debrecen as well as expanding its fleet to 65 aircraft with the arrival of a second new Airbus A321ceo to its Budapest base.
These changes formed part of a 19% increase in available seat kilometres (ASKs) from 2,250,810,000 in December 2014 to 2,742,566,000 in December 2015. Revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) rose by 24% from 1,900,943,000 to 2,348,754,000 across the same respective periods, resulting in a load factor increase of 0.8 percentage points from 84.3% to 85.1% year-over-year.
Overall passenger numbers grew by 22% from 1,250,382 in December 2014 to 1,522,745 in December 2015. Passenger numbers for the rolling twelve months to December 2015 have also increased by 22% to 19,179,385 from 15,772,558 for the rolling twelve months to December 2014.
ASKs across the same respective periods have risen by 19% from 28,141,807,000 to 33,445,907,000 against a 21% RPK growth from 24,259,805,000 to 29,448,311,000. This means Wizz Air’s load factor for the rolling twelve months to December 2015 has increased by 1.6 percentage points year-over-year.
Finally, as well as announcing 11 new routes– five to Romania, three to Macedonia, two to Poland and one to Lithuania – December also saw Wizz Air say it will open a 23rd operating base in Iasi in Romania in July 2016.