Posted on: 03 December 2015 by Ross McSweeny
On 1 July 2016, Wizz Air will open its 23rd base in Iasi, Romania, with one Airbus A320.
Already served by Wizz Air flights, Iasi will become the carrier’s sixth Romanian airport with base operations. The aircraft will increase the number of routes served from Iasi to eight and will triple seat capacity to 265,000 in 2016.
Wizz Air’s new routes from Iasi will include a twice weekly service to Larnaca on Mondays and Fridays beginning 1 July 2016; a twice weekly service to Tel Aviv on Tuesdays and Saturdays and a thrice weekly service to Bologna on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, both launching on 2 July 2016; and twice weekly flights to both Catania and Rome Ciampino on Wednesdays and Sundays from 3 July 2016.
Frequencies on its existing Iasi services to London Luton will increase from twice to five times a week and Milan Bergamo flights will also be increased from two to three times per week.
György Abrán, Wizz Air’s chief commercial officer, remarked, "The first Wizz Air flight took off from Romania in 2007 and over the past 8 years, we have earned the trust and loyalty of our Romanian customers. We have constantly expanded our operations in Romania, developed regional airports, and today’s announcement once again underlines our commitment to the country. We put Iasi on the map of aviation a year ago and it will now become the sixth Romanian airport where we establish base operations. The new base will create a number of local jobs with Wizz Air and our local business partners while allowing us to bring more low fare routes to Romania. We look forward to welcoming our Romanian passengers on board, who and whose visitors can now enjoy our friendly services and low fares on 106 routes to 47 exciting Wizz destinations.”
In other news, Wizz Air’s November 2015 traffic statistics show a 25.5% increase in passengers to 1,485,281 compared to 1,183,168 for the same month the previous year. Rolling passenger numbers for the twelve months to November 2015 have seen 21.3% growth from 15,589,909, to 18,907,022.
The airline’s November 2015 load factor has only seen a slight increase from 82.9% in November 2014 to 83.6% in November 2015 as a result of strong capacity growth across the same respective periods from 1,426,680 seats to 1,777,080. Load factor for the rolling twelve months to November 2015 has grown 1.6 percentage points to 87.9% against a similarly healthy capacity increase of 19.1%.