The Hungarian low cost carrier WizzAir in Ukraine plans to launch flights on two new directions – from Krakow (Poland) to Kyiv from April 5 and Kharkiv from September 16, 2019.
“Two new Airbus A321 aircraft will support the work of twelve new routes from Krakow to London, Kyiv, Bari, Catania, Larnaca, Nice, Turku, Billund, Doncaster, Kharkiv, Oslo, and Kutaisi,” the airline reported.
According to information on the company’s website, flights to Kyiv will begin from April 5, 2019, to Kharkiv from September 16, 2019. The schedule for both flights is available until October 25, 2019, prices start from UAH 609.
Kyiv-Krakow-Kyiv flights will be operated on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (departure to Krakow at 18:15, back at 19:20 local time), Kharkiv-Krakow-Kharkiv flights on Mondays and Fridays (departure to Krakow at 17:45, back at 14:05 local time).
Hungary’s low cost airline Wizz Air plans to resume operations of the Ukrainian subsidiary – Wizz Air Ukraine – in 2019, the airline has reported. Wizz Air Ukraine has the goal of obtaining the license of the Ukrainian operator in 2019, the airline said. After a meeting of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Wizz Air CEO József Váradi the sides have achieved the accord regarding the fact that the resumption of operations of Wizz Air Ukraine would contribute the development of the Ukrainian aviation sector, offering fares for trips effective from the point of view of the expenses and quality ratio.
Váradi said that in confirmation of the airline’s commitment to Ukraine and in response to high consumer demand, Wizz is ready to significantly increase its investment in the country in the near future. In particular, this is the resumption of the operation of its Ukrainian subsidiary – Wizz Air Ukraine. Here the airline is counting on the necessary support from representatives of the Ukrainian government, he said.
The airline plans to invest $2.5 billion to increase the Ukrainian fleet to 20 new Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 planes.
“These aircraft will be delivered to the base of the airline in Kyiv and other regions of Ukraine. As a result, the planned volume of transported passengers will be 6 million per year by 2025,” Wizz Air said.
According to the management of the airline, the resumption of operations of Wizz Air Ukraine will create about 6,000 local jobs both in direct and related industries. It will stimulate a significant development of Ukrainian tourism and services.
At the same time, the airline said that the resumption of flights of Wizz Air Ukraine will expand the network of its low-cost routes to/from Ukraine.
Wizz Air closed its Ukrainian subsidiary Wizz Air Ukraine in 2015, continuing the service of flights from the country by the Hungarian airline. The top managers of the airline explained the decision to close the Ukrainian subsidiary by the unstable situation in the east of Ukraine and the devaluation of the hryvnia. Later, the airline several times announced the possibility of resuming its subsidiary after stabilization of the situation and in the event of an increase in demand for air transportation in the country.
As reported, Irish low cost carrier Ryanair plans to open five new flights from Ukraine in 2019, and to invest $1.5 billion in Ukraine over three to five years, increasing the fleet to 15 aircraft and passenger traffic to 5 million people.
Wizz Air offers flights on 41 routes to 12 countries from three Ukrainian cities – Kyiv, Lviv and Kharkiv.
Hungary’s low cost airline Wizz Air in January-October 2018 transported over 1.2 million passengers on flights from/to Ukraine, which is a 2.1-fold rise year-over-year. “During the first 10 months of 2018, the airline carried more than 1.2 million passengers on its low cost routes to/from Ukraine, which is 110% growth compared to last year and makes Wizz Air the largest low cost carrier in Ukraine,” the press service of the airline reported.
According to the press service, for 2019 Wizz Air announced four new routes: from Kyiv to Bremen, Billund and Riga, and also from Lviv to Copenhagen. The airline also confirmed its intention to deploy the fourth Airbus A320 at its base in Kyiv. As reported, Wizz Air offers flights on 41 routes to 12 countries from three Ukrainian cities – Kyiv, Lviv and Kharkiv.
The destination map of flights of Hungary’s low cost airline Wizz Air from Kyiv has been expanded by three new destinations – to Bremen (Germany), Riga (Latvia) and Billund (Denmark) where the Legoland center is located, as well as flights from Kyiv to Copenhagen (Denmark) and Frankfurt-Hahn (Germany). According to a posting on the airline’s website, flights to these cities will be launched from March 2019 (to Frankfurt-Hahn from December 14, 2018).
Two flights a week to Bremen and Billund will be serviced and three to Riga.
The cost of tickets to Billund and Riga starts from UAH 449 in March and UAH 909 later on less convenient working days, and from UAH 1,509 on weekends, to Bremen – from UAH 909 on working days and UAH 1,209 on weekends.
Thus, the total number of Wizz Air’s destinations from Kyiv would reach 26, including nine to Germany and two to Denmark.
In addition, flights from Lviv to Copenhagen will be serviced on Wednesdays and Sundays from March 3, 2019, flights to Frankfurt-Hahn – on Mondays and Fridays from December 14, 2018. The prices start from UAH 759.
Wizz Air also plans to increase the number of flights on the Kyiv-Lisbon route from two to three.
Hungary’s low cost airline Wizz Air from October 2018 will service flights from Lviv to Vilnius and Bratislava, and from Kharkiv to Gdansk and Wroclaw. The press service of the airline reported that Ukrainian passenger can book tickets on the airline’s website at the prices starting from UAH 299 for a one-way ticket, taking into account all taxes and duties.
Flights from Lviv to Vilnius will be serviced from October 29 on Mondays and Fridays; from Lviv to Bratislava – from October 30 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Flights from Kharkiv to Gdansk and Wroclaw will be serviced on Wednesdays and Sundays from October 28, 2018.
“We will now service regular flights from the Kharkiv international airport on four Polish routes, and we hope that direct flights to cities such as Wroclaw and Gdansk will open even more opportunities for our passengers: both in the tourism industry and in education, culture, entrepreneurship and others,” Commercial Director for Aviation Activities of the Kharkiv international airport (managed by New Systems AM, a member of the DCH group of businessman Oleksandr Yaroslavsky) Vladyslav Ilyin said.
Hungary’s low cost airline Wizz Air in January-July 2018 carried over 700,000 passengers on flights from/to Ukraine, which is twice more than a year ago. “In the first seven months of 2018 ending July, Wizz Air transported more than 700,000 passengers on Ukrainian routes, which is twice as much as in the same period last year, which makes Wizz the first largest low-cost air carrier in Ukraine,” the airline’s press service said.
This year, 13 new destinations have been launched from Ukraine, including flights to Katowice, Gdansk, Dortmund, London Luton, Lisbon, Tallinn, Frankfurt, Berlin Schoenefeld and Vienna (37 routes to 11 countries in total). “Our constant expansion of activities in Ukraine underscores Wizz Air’s commitment to the country, and also continues stimulating the development of local tourism,” Communications Manager at Wizz Air Sorina Ratz said. Wizz Air is the largest low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe.