Wizz Air adds three new EX-YU routes for a total of over 25
Low-cost carrier Wizz Air has announced the introduction of three new routes, bringing the total number of new destinations to the former Yugoslavia to more than 25 this summer. The airline will launch seasonal operations from Rome Fiumicino Airport to Dubrovnik and Split from July 1 and 2, respectively, as well as year-round operations from the Italian capital to Pristina, from July 18. The carrier’s three weekly flights to Dubrovnik and Split will compete directly with Croatia Airlines and Vueling Airlines. However, it faces no direct competition from scheduled airlines on its two weekly routes to Pristina. Rome marks Wizz Air’s seventh new route to Split and the first new service to Pristina and Dubrovnik for the summer.
Overall, Wizz Air is introducing nine new routes from Sarajevo, where it will open one base, seven from Split, five from Banja Luka and Belgrade and one from Dubrovnik and Pristina. “The expansion of our network and the investments we have made in our fleet over the past twelve months ensure that we are well positioned for a return to normal operations and we are confident that we are now even better positioned to be a structural winner in the European aeronautics sector, ”said Wizz Air CEO Jozsef Varadi. He added, “We always intend to be aggressive in targeting market share where opportunities arise and we plan to stick to all of our bases.”
Wizz Air forecasts a recovery in demand for travel across Europe after “a period of good progress in national vaccination plans”. Mr Varadi remains convinced the airline will emerge as a long-term winner of the pandemic as others step back. “Our agility and our constant focus on costs and liquidity are important competitive advantages,” he said. However, he noted that while he is convinced that there will eventually be a rebound given the pent-up demand, “whether it will happen in the summer, winter or next spring, we don’t know. not”.
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