Hungarian airline Wizz Air, one of Europe’s largest and fastest-growing low-cost carriers, announced on Wednesday their plans for further expansion of operations in the coming months.

“Between March and July 2018, a total of 21 aircraft are allocated to its European bases, supporting 700 additional weekly departures and the commencement of 70 new services across the network,” the airline said in a statement. “The current expansion of WIZZ until summer 2018 represents an investment of more than $ 2 billion and 700 aviation professionals are joining WIZZ team to contribute to the growing success of the company.”

Wizz Air currently operates most of its flights from various airports in Eastern Europe. However, it seems that the company is looking to increase its market share in Central and Western Europe, most importantly the United Kingdom. London Luton Airport, which became the first Western European Wizz Air base in 2017, will see the number of Wizz Air aircraft based on site increased from three to eight by June 2018.

Other airports benefitting from Wizz Air’s new strategy are Vienna, where 17 new Wizz Air routes are commenced from beginning in April, and Athens, with 9 new routes.

Wizz Air was founded in 2003 and quickly became one of the most successful low-cost carriers in Europe. It currently operates 91 aircraft from the A320 family. 279 more A320s are on order, including 184 A321neo aircraft.

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