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  • Joe Breitfeller

Wizz Air Acquires 15 Pairs of Slots at London Gatwick From Norwegian Air Shuttle

Wizz Air has successfully acquired 15 pairs of slots at London Gatwick from Norwegian Air Shuttle and will add four Airbus A321neos to the base. With the expansion, Wizz will have a total of five based aircraft at Gatwick from spring 2022.

Wizz Air Airbus A321neo - Courtesy Wizz Air

On Wednesday (December 22, 2021), Wizz Air announced that they have successfully acquired 15 pairs of slots at London Gatwick from Norwegian Air Shuttle. The carrier will add four Airbus A321neos to the base, expanding their total based Gatwick fleet to five aircraft by spring 2022. With the expansion, Wizz will be launching a host of new low-fare routes, and the slots will also create significant inbound flight opportunities for Wizz Air Hungary. Wizz Air originally opened their London Gatwick base in October 2020, creating new travel opportunities for customers based in London and the South of England.

In Wednesday’s announcement, Wizz Air Group’s Chief Executive Officer, József Váradi, said,

“This announcement is further evidence of our commitment to London Gatwick Airport as well as the UK market, as we continue to create local jobs and deliver our promise of providing low-fare travel opportunities with excellent service to an ever-increasing range of exciting destinations, while flying one of the greenest aircraft fleets available on the market today. Acquiring airport slots at Gatwick Airport will enable us to enhance our presence and competitive position in the London market. We continue to develop our business in United Kingdom and remain committed to making air travel affordable for all. The 2022 season has the potential to be a tremendous opportunity for UK aviation to get back on its feet.”

Budapest, Hungary-based Wizz Air serves over 150 destinations across 44 countries and operates an all Airbus A320 Family fleet of 145 aircraft, with an average age of 5.4 years. Wizz Air is the largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in Central and Eastern Europe offering over 700 routes from 45 bases. During FY 21 (ending March 31, 2021) the airline served approximately 10.2 million guests. Wizz Air offers superior guest service at exceptionally low fares. The company is an investment-grade credit rated airline which trades on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WIZZ.

Source: Wizz Air