Low-cost Hungarian airline WIZZ AIR has announced it has filed for an Air Operator’s Certificate and Operating Licence with CAA.
If approved, the airline is looking to begin operations in the UK from March 2018 with UK-registered aircraft from its base at London Luton WIZZ AIR intends to employ more than 100 people (management, pilots and cabin crew) by end of 2018 and to expand the group’s current roster of 41 routes from London Luton. WIZZ’s UK schedule currently consists of 73 routes to 41 destinations from 9 airports.
Wizz Air Chief Executive Officer, József Váradi commented: “We are pleased to announce that we are seeking a UK AOC and Operating Licence, further signalling our commitment to the important UK market. It is a natural, next-step in the development of our UK business and will bring additional investment and jobs to our UK base at London Luton. The UK remains the single biggest travel market in Europe and we are currently the UK’s 8th largest operator and this move is also part of our broader strategy to ensure that our UK operations are Brexit-ready. We look forward to working with the CAA to take this application forward.”
Wizz Air’s first ever flight in May 2004 was from Katowice to London Luton. Today. In the past 12 months, Wizz Air carried more than 7 million passengers on its low-fare UK routes to Central and Eastern Europe.