Wizz Air Announces New Doncaster Sheffield Airport Base and Major Expansion With Seven New Routes
Wizz Air announced on Thursday the opening of a new base at Doncaster Sheffield Airport as well as a major expansion with seven new routes. The carrier will base one Airbus A320 at the new base, which is their second U.K. base after London-Luton.
On Thursday (August 13, 2020), Wizz Air announced the opening of their second U.K. base at Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Complementing the carrier’s existing London-Luton base, Wizz will base one Airbus A320 at Doncaster Sheffield and launch seven new routes, expanding their network from the new base to 17 routes. Wizz Air has been operating from Doncaster Sheffield for the last 14 years and has since grown to be that largest operator at the airport, carrying over one million passengers annually. The additional routes from Doncaster Sheffield include service to Alicante and Malaga (Spain), Larnaca (Cyprus), Faro (Portugal), Lublin (Poland), Kosice (Slovakia) and Suceava (Romania). The new base will expand the annual capacity at the airport by 150,000 seats and create over 36 direct and 110 indirect jobs in the Doncaster area. In Thursday’s announcement, Wizz Air UK’s Managing Director, Owain Jones said,
“The creation of our second base in the UK is a major milestone for Wizz Air UK, and testament to both our long term commitment to serving the UK market and the strength of the Wizz Air business model, as we continue to expand our footprint during this challenging time for the industry. We’re delighted to be introducing new low-fare connections to Doncaster Sheffield, to provide customers with opportunities to explore new cultures and cities or return to their favourite holiday spots. The Wizz team looks forward to welcoming customers old and new onboard our young and green fleet of Airbus aircraft very soon.”
With the announcement of the new base, Wizz Air now has 11 aircraft permanently based in the U.K and with the addition of the new routes from Doncaster Sheffield, the carrier will offer 1.8 million seats across 107 U.K routes for the remainder of 2020. The airline also recently opened new bases in Bacău, Dortmund, Lviv, Larnaca, Milan-Malpensa, Tirana and St. Petersburg. Since April 2020, Wizz Air has launched over 200 new routes across their network.
Budapest, Hungary-based Wizz Air serves 155 destinations across 45 countries and operates an all Airbus fleet of 124 airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. The airline is the largest low-cost carrier (LCC) in Central and Eastern Europe and operates one of the youngest fleets in the world. Wizz Air offers over 710 routes from 33 bases and served around 40 million guests over the last 12 months. The carrier offers superior guest service at exceptionally low fares and trades on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WIZZ.
Source: Wizz Air