Wizz Air adds further A321 to Luton as capacity rises to 7.4m seats annually

Wizz Air adds further A321 to Luton as capacity rises to 7.4m seats annually

Wizz Air has announced further expansion at its London base, with the allocation of an additional Airbus A321 aircraft to its Luton fleet in 2018.

This addition brings the total number of aircraft allocated at London Luton to eight and the total investment to US$860 million, the carrier claims.

The additional aircraft takes yearly capacity on Wizz’s low-fare routes from London Luton to 7.4 million seats, representing 23 per cent growth year-on-year.

Wizz Air’s diversified network of 47 destinations from London Luton offers its customers the opportunity to travel to many unique and exciting destinations across 23 countries.

Wizz Air is also pleased to announce that it will increase flight frequency on two of its most popular routes.

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Starting from April, flights to Chisinau, Moldova, will operate daily, while flights to Bucharest will increase from 21 to 26 frequencies a week

Today’s announcement comes only two months after the airline announced the expansion of its Luton operations, where it increased the number of allocated aircraft from one to seven and announced eight new routes to Larnaca, Tirana, Tallinn, Bratislava and Lviv, Athens, Keflavik, and Bari.

This ongoing rapid expansion demonstrates Wizz Air’s ongoing commitment to the UK, as it continues to deliver some of the most competitive airfares in the market to its customers.

Wizz Air’s sustained growth saw Wizz Air carry more than 5.5 million passengers on its low-fare Luton routes in 2017, an increase of 11 per cent compared to 2016, making Wizz Air the second largest carrier at Luton Airport.

The arrival of the new aircraft will create 42 new local direct jobs, on top of the 180 jobs already created at Luton this year alone. 

Owain Jones, chief corporate officer at Wizz Air said: “Wizz Air’s operations at London Luton continue to go from strength to strength. 

“As the second largest operator at London Luton, Wizz’s continued investment at London Luton underlines our commitment to the UK market, offering our customers the opportunity to travel on one of the youngest and most efficient aircraft fleets in Europe to an ever-growing number of unique destinations in Europe. 

“With today’s announcement, we are continuing to create more local jobs at our London Luton base and offer the opportunity to develop a career in aviation with one of Europe’s fastest-growing and most dynamic airlines.

“We are always looking for people with a passion for aviation to join the Wizz Air family and I encourage anybody who is interested in a career above the clouds to come along to one of our open days and find out about the amazing opportunities WIZZ has to offer.”