Posted on: 26 June 2014 by Mark Howells
Wizz Air will have a new aircraft maintenance hangar in Budapest within a year’s time according to a new agreement signed by Budapest Airport and the airline.
The signing of the new lease agreement for 15 years was timed to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Wizz Air’s operations in Hungary and the arrival of the eighth aircraft to its base in Budapest. The investment by Budapest Airport is more than €3 million (or HUF 900 million) and the new facility will be handed over to Wizz Air by August 2015.
The new hangar will be built between the existing aircraft maintenance hangars operated by Lufthansa Technik and Aeroplex, with direct access to the maintenance apron. The new hangar, covering approximately 2,000 m2, will be able to accommodate one aircraft at a time and its size will allow the new, sharklet-equipped Airbus A321neo which might join the Wizz fleet in the coming years.
“We are very proud to have Wizz Air as our airline partner at Budapest Airport and we highly value the airline’s growth potential in the Hungarian market,” remarked Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport. “By signing the hangar lease agreement we have made yet another step to widen the presence of Wizz Air at Budapest who already have their office administration (HQ), the operations and crew centre, and simulator and training centre at our airport. This investment shows our commitment to create growth and new job opportunities at Liszt Ferenc International Airport. The new hangar will provide an opportunity to make Wizz Air’s operations smoother and enable them to perform high quality service from line maintenance to full overhaul of aircraft in Budapest.”
Wizz Air’s CEO J?zsef Váradi, commented, “This is a memorable milestone for a company with its roots in Hungary and over 500 Hungarian staff. Over the past 10 years we have earned the trust and loyalty of our Hungarian passengers and we will continue to offer low fares and excellent service to them. The opening of our new hangar will create more highly qualified aviation jobs in the country and retain talent for Hungarian aviation.”
Photo shows Jost Lammers, CEO, Budapest Airport (left) and Wizz Air CEO J?zsef Váradi signing the deal in front of an on-screen artist's impression of the hangar.