Posted on: 20 April 2016 by Mark Howells
Wizz Air has announced its restart of flights from London Gatwick Airport with a new daily service to the airline’s base in Bucharest, scheduled to begin on 18 June.
Announcing the new service in London, Owain Jones, the airline’s chief corporate officer, recalled that the airline previously operated to Katowice in Poland from London Gatwick but that the service was withdrawn some years ago.
The new service will be operated with Airbus A321s in a 230-seat single-class configuration. The move means that there will be one rotation fewer between London Luton and Bucharest, the service there dropping to three flights a day each way.
Jones highlighted that the addition of Gatwick means that Wizz Air will now operate from nine UK airports. “On our UK routes in 2015, we carried more than 5 million passengers,” he noted. “We’ll soon celebrate 12 years of flying to the UK on the anniversary of our first flight to Luton. In fact, in August this year we will become the largest airline operating at Luton with around 33% of the market share [based on departing seat capacity].”
On the potential for London Gatwick to become a base for the airline, Jones said the problem is the availability of slots. “And Luton is our major London airport for now,” he remarked.
Asked about the possibilities of new product offerings, similar to Ryanair’s “Always Getting Better” programme, Jones emphasised that Wizz Air’s key business aim is to deliver the lowest operating cost. “We do what we can within that, for example we already have our Plus fare and Privilege Pass,” he commented.
Similarly, on the subject of connecting services, Jones reinforced the message. “The Wizz business is simple and that’s how we believe we’ll remain an ultra low-cost carrier,” he stressed.
Bernie Baldwin, editor, Low-Fare & Regional Airlines/laranews.net