Wizz Air to launch Gatwick-Gdansk and Birmingham-Krakow routes

20 Mar 2019 by Jenni Reid
Wizz Air

Wizz Air has announced two new routes between the UK and Poland, both launching this year.

London Gatwick to Gdansk will begin on June 15 and run daily, while Birmingham to Krakow will run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from September 17.

The Hungarian low-cost airline operates a fleet of narrowbody A320 and A321 aircraft.

It currently runs flights to the port city of Gdansk from Aberdeen, Doncaster Sheffield, Liverpool and London Luton.

In April it will also launch new routes from Luton and Sheffield to Krakow, where it opened a base last year.

It takes the number of Wizz Air routes from the UK to 96, flying out of nine airports.

Its rapid growth in the country means that this summer it is set to overtake Easyjet as the largest carrier operating out of Luton, with 42 per cent of market share.

Third quarter results posted in January showed it make €1.7m in pre-tax profit, down from €14m over the same period in 2017, in a year when many low-cost carriers faced financial headwinds. It carried 14.9 per cent more passengers year-on-year over the quarter, from 7.1 million to 8.1 million, and increased revenue from €422.9 to €512.7.

Gdansk old city (iStock)

Wizz Air UK’s Managing Director Owain Jones commented: “Our aim at Wizz Air is to create the opportunity for UK travellers to enjoy low airfares to exciting destinations, coupled with a great travel experience.

“Our base in Krakow has gone from strength to strength since opening in September, providing passengers with the chance to travel to one of Europe’s most fascinating cities, steeped in culture and history with a vibrant culinary scene. Our friendly cabin crew look forward to welcoming travellers onboard one of the youngest and most efficient aircraft fleets in Europe very soon.”

Tom Screen, Aviation Director at Birmingham Airport, commented: “Welcoming a new route to the airport is always exciting. Krakow in particular, is becoming an increasingly popular tourist destination for its scenic architecture, as well as its enchanting history. To be able to serve this route, adding to the existing Wizz Air network at Birmingham is great.”

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