Wizz Air has announced plans to create a second UK base and expand routes out of Doncaster Sheffield airport.

The Hungarian low-cost carrier has operated flights out of Doncaster for over 14 years, but will now base an Airbus A320 at the airport, and add seven new routes to its existing network of ten destinations.

Flights to Alicante and Lublin (Poland) will launch on October 22, followed by Malaga, Kosice (Slovakia) and Faro on October 23, and Larnaca and Suceava (Romania) on October 25.

Wizz Air says the new base will increase its capacity out of Doncaster Sheffield by 150,000 seats per year.

Earlier this month the carrier called for EU airport slot “use-it-or-lose-it” rules to be reinstated, stating that the restrictions are preventing it from expanding at key airports.

Wizz Air calls for end to waiver on airport slot “use-it-or-lose-it” rules

Commenting on the news Robert Hough, chairman of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said:

“We are delighted to bring more ultra-low fares to DSA, to these popular destinations loved by our customers and served by an airline who pride themselves on providing affordable travel, with an excellent reputation. With strong performance there is now a real possibility for the base to grow from one aircraft initially to a multi aircraft base further broadening the range of routes available.

“Our partnership with Wizz Air is incredibly special to our business. Both Wizz Air and Doncaster Sheffield Airport began their journeys’ in the early 2000s as challenger brands with a shared desire to provide opportunity for the people of our respective markets through obtainable travel.

“Fast forward 15 years and Wizz Air is one of Europe’s most successful and well-established airlines and Doncaster Sheffield Airport as one of the UKs fastest growing airports – it’s a true partnership that has gone from strength to strength.

“There is no doubt that the aviation sector faces its greatest challenge in modern day history at this time. It is essential that the UK Government acknowledges and supports airlines and airports that bring much needed investment into the UK economy. Doncaster Sheffield Airport contributes over £60 million to the Sheffield City Region and offers job security for thousands of people.”

wizzair.com, flydsa.co.uk