Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air continues its expansion in Europe. The airline has decided to further strengthen its capacity in Italy, which it says will make it the third largest air carrier in the country.
The expansion in Italy was announced on 23 September 2022. Wizz Air said it will add two Airbus A321neo passenger aircraft to fly from its base at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport (FCO), while another A321neo will increase the airline’s capacity at Milan’s Malpensa . (MXP).
The extra planes for Rome and Milan are departing from the Palermo base, which Wizz said it had taken the “difficult decision” to close from November 3, 2022.
Meanwhile, Wizz will launch 12 new routes from FCO and MXP, which the airline will start offering in October 2022. The aircraft will also help increase the frequency of flights on five routes from FCO, as well as three from MXP.
“The placement of two more aircraft at the Rome base of Wizz Air in Fiumicino will increase the base to seven aircraft. This step increases the number of routes from the base to 65, including the launch of seven new routes from the Italian capital,” Wizz said in a statement.
The airline continued: “Passengers will now be able to fly to Barcelona (BCN), Gothenburg (GOT), Malaga (AGP), Paris Orly (ORY), Porto (OPO), Seville (SVQ) and Valencia (VLC). In addition, the additional capacity allows Wizz Air to increase the frequency of flights from the base to Eindhoven (EIN), Hurghada (HRG), Paris Orly (ORY), Tel Aviv (TLV) and Yerevan (EVN).”
Wizz Air’s Milan Malpensa (MXP) base will consist of six aircraft. The carrier said it will launch five new routes, including Cardiff (CWL), Jeddah (JED), Marsa Alam (RMF), Riyadh (RUH) and Yerevan (EVN) in October 2022. After the launch of all five new destinations, Wizz Air will serve a total of 43 routes from MXP airport.
According to the airline’s president, Robert Carey, the expansion reflects the carrier’s commitment to expanding its presence in the Italian market. He emphasized that this step will be taken by Wizz Air “[Italy]the third largest airline.’
https://www.aerotime.aero/articles/32236-wizz-air-to-become-italy-third-largest-airline Wizz Air is considering becoming Italy’s third largest airline