Wizz Air UK, a UK-based, wholly-owned subsidiary of Wizz Air Holdings Plc. (Wizz Air), announced an expansion at its London Luton base on Tuesday. With the allocation of two new A321CEO aircraft and six new routes as Wizz Air celebrates carrying 40 million passengers on its low-cost Luton services. With the additional capacity Wizz Air is set to become the largest airline at London Luton Airport in the summer of 2019 with a 42% market share
The additional two A321CEO aircraft represent a further investment of more than £230 million by Wizz Air UK in its Luton base. This will increase Wizz Air’s capacity on its London Luton routes to 8.7 million yearly seats, representing agrowth of 22% per year and supporting approximately 6,500 jobs in the local area. The aircraft will be the 10th and 11th to be stationed at the Luton base and are due to arrive in summer 2019, creating over 70 new local jobs with Wizz Air UK.
Along with the new aircraft, 6 new routes and other frequency increases are coming to Luton: The airline opens Bergen, Thessaloniki, Turku, Porto, Catania, and Oslo. Frequency will be increased on flights to Larnaca, Chisinau, Tirana, Constanta, Athens, and Suceava.
Owain Jones, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK said: “This is an extremely exciting time for Wizz Air in the UK. The arrival of two brand new, super-efficient Airbus A321ceo aircraft to our London Luton fleet in summer 2019 will see Wizz Air become the largest operator at London Luton just 15 years after its first flight to the airport and reflects our continued commitment to bring even more truly low-fare travel opportunities to our UK customers. Our six new routes further strengthen our west-to-west offering and are all truly fascinating destinations, and increase the choice for our customers whether they are looking for a city break, beach holiday or family trip abroad.”