Wizz Air thrives during coronavirus chaos

12 new bases and 250 new flights announced

Wizz Air plane

Various sources report a remarkable story in these days of COVID-19: Low-cost carrier Wizz Air has launched 12 new bases and 250 new flights since April (including 38 for Wizz Air UK).

On Thursday the airline opened its London Gatwick base. simpleflying.com report that it had been expanding rapidly despite the current pandemic and had been keen to move into London Gatwick as others moved out. Long-standing carriers such as Virgin Atlantic have moved out of the airport, while many other airlines are operating hugely reduced services from London’s southern airport. However, Wizz is keen to move in.

Alongside London Luton airport, the Gatwick base is the airline’s second London base. The third UK base was also announced at Doncaster Sheffield. The new flights are all from Gatwick, both starting this last week

  • London Gatwick to Athens – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
  • London Gatwick to Naples – Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
  • London Gatwick to Malta – Monday, Wednesday, Friday
  • London Gatwick to Lanzarote – Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

Commenting on the new base’s launch, the airline’s UK managing director, Owain Jones, said,

“Today marks an important milestone for Wizz Air in the UK, as we paint south London’s skies pink with our Gatwick based aircraft’s inaugural flight. This opening is further evidence of our commitment to the UK market, as we create local jobs and deliver on our promise of providing affordable, direct flights to exciting destinations.”

Wizz Air links Doncaster Sheffield to Lisbon

The Doncaster Sheffield base already has an Airbus A320 aircraft allocated, with the next one arriving in December, meaning Wizz has added over 560,000 seats per annum to its capacity.

From the start of December, Wizz Air will also launch new routes to Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Alicante, Lisbon, Faro, Eindhoven, Kosice and Suceava.

Flights to Lisbon from Robin Hood airport in December start from an amazing £8.99

COVID-19 update for Madeira

The latest statistics are being updated on a previous post

3 thoughts on “Wizz Air thrives during coronavirus chaos”

  1. Wizzair operate one destination out of Southend, to Bucharest.
    Maybe they will pick up where EasyJet pulled out as there’s only Ryanair here now
    Adding Madeira would be an even bigger bonus to us!


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