Wizz Air Announces Expansion Across Italy
Discount airline Wizz Air has announced further expansion to its bases in Italy, making it the third largest airline in the country.
The airline is allocating three of its Airbus A321neo aircraft to its bases at Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa: two to Rome and one to Milan
The allocation of these aircraft is enabling the launch of 12 new routes as well as increased frequency on five routes from Rome Fiumicino and three routes from Milan Malpensa. The new routes launch in October 2022, with tickets available now at wizzair.com or on the airline's mobile app.
The allocation of two more aircraft to Wizz Air’s Rome Fiumicino base will grow the base to seven aircraft. The move brings the number of routes from the base to 65, including the launch of seven new routes from Italy’s capital city. Passengers will now be able to fly to Barcelona, Gothenburg, Malaga, Paris Orly, Porto, Seville, and Valencia.
Furthermore, the additional capacity allows Wizz Air to increase the frequency of its flights from the base to Eindhoven, Hurghada, Paris Orly, Tel Aviv, and Yerevan, according to a press release sent to the Budapest Business Journal.
Milan Malpensa will receive an additional aircraft, making it a six-aircraft base. As such, Wizz Air will introduce five new routes to Cardiff, Jeddah, Marsa Alam, Riyadh, and Yerevan starting from October. This additional capacity also means that Wizz Air can increase flight frequency on routes to Tel Aviv, Catania, and Athens. With this expansion, the airline will operate routes to 43 destinations from Milan Malpensa.
"We are delighted to be expanding in Italy to be the country’s third largest airline, demonstrating our commitment to growing our presence in the market. The allocation of these three additional aircraft in Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa allows us to further strengthen our domestic market offer, giving our customers the opportunity to travel to 12 new destinations from Rome and Milan,” comments Robert Carey, President of Wizz Air.
Wizz Air's continued focus on providing its customers low-cost and varied routes across its network means that the airline has taken the difficult decision to close its base at Palermo Airport. From 3 November 2022, the aircraft that is currently based there will be redeployed to support the expansion in Rome and Milan.
The airline will continue to fly to Palermo Airport, operating daily flights between Milan Malpensa and Venice Marco Polo and Palermo, ensuring it can continue to serve loyal domestic customers. While routes between Palermo and Turin and Bologna will cease, this represents only 4% of Wizz Air's domestic Italian schedule.
Wizz Air will continue to operate more than 220 domestic weekly flights and will expand its service from Turin and Bologna to its base at Catania Fontanarossa Airport, where the airline has three based aircraft.
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