Europe’s fourth largest low cost airline, Wizz Air, is expanding its reach in Northern Europe with new routes and moves to new airports.
Wizz Air has a scheduled opening of new route between Skopje, the capital of Macedonia, and Copenhagen on 22 March. It has now also announced a new route to Copenhagen from Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria.
Danes already enjoy beach holidays in Bulgaria in cities like Varna or Sunny Beach, and now Hungarian carrier Wizz Air adds some cosmopolitan flavour to the summer destination mix with three direct weekly flights to the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, starting 13 June.
Sofia, located in western Bulgaria, close to the Vitosha Mountains, is one of Europe’s oldest capitals–founded over 2,700 years ago in the 8th century BC.
Today, over 1.2 million people call Sofia home. It is known for its rich history and culture, and is also one of the most budget-friendly holiday destinations in Europe.
“We are thrilled to announce another exciting route from Denmark. Along with Skopje, Sofia is the second city we fly on low fares from Copenhagen and we are confident that Danish consumers will appreciate visiting this dynamic Eastern European capital that preserves many valuable monuments to its long and storied past,” said Gabor Vasarhelyi, communications manager at Wizz Air.
“Furthermore, Sofia is renowned for its beautiful scenery and a developed ski-resort in Vitosha mountain close to the city,” explains Mr Vasarhelyi.
Copenhagen Airport’s Chief Commercial Officer Peter Krogsgaard believes Wizz Air’s extensive network in eastern Europe has big growth potential.
“Wizz Air’s two new routes to eastern Europe can help us open an entirely new and very exciting market, and not only for Danish travellers. It will also be easier for people from eastern Europe to go to Denmark on vacation or on a business trip ,” said Mr Krogsgaard.
Quick Wizz Air Facts
- Founded in 2003, Wizz Air is a Hungarian airline headquartered at Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport.
- The airline carried 16.5 million passengers last year, and is the largest low-cost carrier in eastern Europe, fourth largest in Europe.
- Fleet: 64 Airbus 320 and 321 aircraft
- Serves about 120 destinations in 38 countries.
Wizz Air has also moved flights from Lübeck Airport to nearby Hamburg to continue its low-fare service to Northern Germany.
.@wizzair joins scheduled airlines from @HamburgAirport on 17 April, adding 3 new destinations: Gdansk, Skopje, Kiev pic.twitter.com/1lUAliJGwZ
— Hamburg Aviation (@HAM_aviation) March 17, 2016
“Northern Germany is an important market for Wizz Air and we have found that a large percentage of our current passengers are coming from or going to places closer to Hamburg rather than Lübeck,” said Gyorgy Abran, Chief Commercial Officer for Wizz Air
“This move to Hamburg, the second biggest city in Germany, will create further benefit to our travellers and support development of the economic engine. At the same time, we continue to build on our success in Sofia with a new destination and every-day low fares,” he added.
In its announcement, the airline also attributes its decision in favour of Hamburg Airport “to ongoing financial issues at Lübeck airport.”
Wizz Air will move three of its flights to Hamburg Airport starting 17 April of this year, with service to Gdansk of four flights a week, and to Skopje and Kyiv with twice-weekly flights.
Wizz Air will also add two more flights a week from Bucharest to London Luton to make 25 weekly flights between the two capitals.
Wizz Air has begun selling tickets for all these routes with promotional fares starting at 19.99 EUR.
WIZZ AIR’S NEWEST ROUTES:
Hamburg – Gdansk
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday
17 April 2016
19.99 EUR/79 PLN
Hamburg – Skopje
18 April 2016
29.99 EUR/ 1,799MKD
Hamburg – Kyiv
18 April 2016
Sofia – Copenhagen
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
13 June 2016
39.99 EUR/79.99 BGN