Wizz Air, the low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, expanded on Tuesday its Bucharest fleet to nine aircraft. The new and 180-seater Airbus A320 aircraft joined the Bucharest base and will support the Bucharest flights for the next two weeks.

From 21 December, the aircraft will be exchanged with the newest 230 seater Airbus A321 aircraft. It represents an investment of EUR 98 million in Romania and the total number of Wizz staff in Bucharest will reach 346.

The aircraft will support operations of the recently launched service to Tenerife as well as the newest routes from Bucharest to Hanover and Billund starting December 13 and 16 with two weekly frequencies on Tuesdays and Saturdays and Mondays and Fridays respectively.

The new aircraft Wizz Air offers 46 routes to 18 countries, including a domestic route to Cluj-Napoca from Bucharest. All of flights are already on sale and can be booked on wizzair.com from 39 RON for both domestic and international routes.

 “Over the past decade, since Wizz started to operate in Romania, we earned the trust and loyalty of our Romanian customers. Today we have based a ninth modern Airbus aircraft at our Otopeni Airport launching exciting low-fare services to Hanover and Billund this week. As Romania’s biggest airline, we continue to expand our ever-growing network, in 2016 celebrating the opening of two new bases in Iasi and Sibiu and two new airports in Wizz Romanian’s network, Suceava and Satu Mare. We stay committed to our Romanian customers, always looking to create new opportunitiesas well as stimulate the local job market in aviation and tourism sectors, said Tamara Vallois, head of Communications Wizz Air.

Wizz’s first flight from Bucharest took off in 2007 and over the past decade has extended in Romania, currently offering 129 routes to 54 destinations from ten Romanian airports.

During this year Wizz already announced and is launching 28 new routes connecting Romania with the rest of Europe, while in early 2017 there are another 16 new Romanian routes that were already announced and will be launched. The latest routes announced for Wizz Romanian customers are from Suceava to Venice Treviso, Bologna and Rome Ciampino and from Craiova to Cologne, Liverpool and Madrid, all starting March 2017. Over the past 12 months ending 30 November 2016 Wizz Air carried more than 5.4 million passengers to and from Romania.

Georgiana Bendre