Wizz Air Eyes Major Gatwick Base

Wizz Air is an airline that I don’t think has featured on this site yet?

Admittedly, other than them being a Hungarian low cost carrier, operating a fleet of pink and blue Airbus narrow bodies, I don’t know an awful lot about them.

From what I’ve heard from others, Wizz Air are your typical low cost carrier. Operate a variety of routes, for low prices. But don’t expect champagne or caviar.

Anyway

Previously the airline had announced that they would expand operations at London Gatwick by basing a single Airbus A321 aircraft at the airport. From 22nd October, Wizz Air will fly to Athens, Lanzarote, Malta and Naples from Gatwick.

Wizz Air A321

This is just the start of bigger plans for the airline however. They already have a reasonable base at Luton airport. In addition, they have also set up camp at Doncaster Sheffield airport. According to Bloomberg, Wizz Air hopes to base 20 aircraft at Gatwick within a year – provided they can secure the relevant take off/landing slots. This will create up to 4000 jobs, which will come as very welcome news to those who have recently been made redundant.

This shouldn’t be an issue for them in theory. In the past 12 months, Gatwick has lost Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic. Although it should be mentioned that Virgin Atlantic plan on keeping hold of their slots for the time being.

The future of British Airways at the airport is questionable too. Whilst I doubt they will pull out of the airport completely, I can see a huge reduction in their services. Norwegian Air looks likely to trim a number of their services from Gatwick also.

All this leaves Wizz Air in a prime position to fly in and pick up the pieces. Although they will have to go head to head with Gatwick’s biggest resident, EasyJet.

Although struggling, Wizz Air has weathered the pandemic reasonably well compared to other airlines. They were one of the first Europen airlines to resume operations. They also had a very sizeable bank balance before the pandemic broke out, meaning they were set up very well to weather the storm.

Wizz Air Airbus A321

Images (c) Wizz Air

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