Low cost Wizz Air enters Romania

Wizz Air will launch on July 14 its first flight on the Targu-Mures-Budapest route, and next year it will inaugurate eight new foreign flights with departures from Bucharest, Targu-Mures and Arad. Natasa Kazmer , PR for Wizz Air said the company launches ã special offer: the first 10,000 tickets are free, all the clients have to pay is the 70 lei taxes.

Kazmer said the company estimates some 30,000 clients in 2006.

Wizz Air will also inaugurate new flights on the routes Bucharest Baneasa - Barcelona, Budapest, Dortmund, London (Luton) and Rome (Ciampino), from Arad to Milan (Bergamo) and from Targu-Murea to Barcelona and Rome, as of January 15, 2007.

Tickets for Wizz Air can be bought online through the company’s website or through the local call-center or partner tourism operators.

Wizz Air is the largest low-cost company in the region with ã fleet of new Airbus A 320 planes and an individual capacity of 180 seats. An additional 24 Airbus will be joining the company’s fleet in 2007 - 2008.

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The low-cost flight operator owns five operation bases in Warsaw, Katowice, Gdansk, Budapest and Sofia, and it also offers flight with departure from Poznan, Wroclaw (Poland), Kaunas (Lithuania), Zagreb and Split (Croatia), Burgas (Bulgaria) and Ljubljana (Slovenia). Wizz Air has 69 flights towards 40 European destinations.

The company was registered in 2003 in London, launched its first flights in 2004, towards Poland and Hungary and it registered 3,7 million passengers so far . Wizz Air owns 27% of the low-cost flights market in Hungary, 40% of the same market in Poland and 54% of the Bulgarian market.

Jozsef Varadi, the company’s president said Wizz Air estimates 500,000 on the Romanian routes meaning 50% of the local low-cost flight market.

Varadi said that Wizz Air will create some 1,000 new work positions in any country where its opens its business. He also said that the company’s entry on the market could generate some bankruptcies.
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