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Wizz Air CEO: Ten aircraft could be added annually

Budget-fare airline Wizz Air could add 8-10 new aircraft to its fleet each year, CEO József Váradi said at a press conference today, and its Airbus A320 aircraft may be replaced with larger, 200-seat A321 models.

This year, Wizz Air will take delivery of nine new A320 aircraft to bring its fleet to 54. The airline expects to get its first A321 in 2016. All Wizz’s A320s could be replaced with the larger type by 2024, Varadi said.

Wizz Air expects to have a fleet of 100 aircraft by 2019 – which would require an average addition to the fleet of just over nine vehicles per year until then – and to carry an annual 30 million passengers by the end of the decade, according to Varadi.

In January, Wizz Air reported carrying 13.5 million passengers in 2013, a 12% year-on-year increase; the number of passengers who departed from Hungary was reported at 2.2 million, up 23% y.o.y. Wizz Air operated more than 85,000 flights on 300 routes to 35 countries last year.

– material from national news service MTI was used in this article