Posted on: 04 September 2015 by Mark Howells
Despite increasing capacity by 18% from 1,813,500 seats in August 2014 to 2,134,440 seats for the corresponding month this year, Wizz Air managed to increase its passengers carried by 19% across the same respective periods from 1,672,682 to 1,990,323, resulting in a load factor increase of one percentage point from 92.2% to 93.2%.
During August, Wizz Air added Nice, France, and Baden-Baden, Germany, to its destinations. The carrier has also enhanced its infrastructure with a new purpose-built aircraft maintenance hangar in Budapest to accommodate the larger Airbus A321 models it will add to its fleet from November.
Traffic figures for the rolling 12 months to 31 August, 2015, are also positive, with an 18% rise in capacity from 17,397,360 last year to 20,521,080. The same comparative periods also show a 20% growth in passengers carried (from 15,009,026 to 17,966,110), which means a load factor increase of 1.3 percentage points from 87.5% to 86.3%.
There have been seven new routes added to Wizz Air’s network in 2015 so far, including four in Bulgaria, two in Hungary and one in Slovakia. The airline has also announced base expansions, with plans to introduce a 6th aircraft in Sofia, Bulgaria, and a 10th aircraft in Budapest, Hungary, which are both scheduled to arrive in March 2016.