|Company slogan||Now we can all fly.|
|Parent company||Wizz Air Holdings Plc|
|Key people||William Franke, (Chairman)
József Váradi, (CEO)
Diederik Pen, (COO)
|Revenue||€1,227.3 million (2015)|
|Operating income||€167.3 million (2015)|
|Net income||€183.2 million (2015)|
Wizz Air Hungary Ltd. (Hungarian: Wizz Air Hungary Légiközlekedési Kft.) is a Hungarian low-cost airline with its head office on the property of Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest. The airline typically uses secondary airports serving many cities across Europe, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. It has the largest fleet of any Hungarian airline, although it is not a flag carrier, and currently serves 35 countries. Its Jersey based parent company, Wizz Air Holdings Plc, is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.
The airline was established in September 2003. The lead investor is Indigo Partners, an American private equity firm specializing in transportation investments. The first flight was made from Katowice International Airport on 19 May 2004. The airline's CEO and chairman is József Váradi, former CEO of Malév Hungarian Airlines. The company is registered in Pest County (Hungary).
In 2011, Wizz Air carried 11 million passengers (15% more than in 2010), including 4.2 million passengers on Polish routes (only 2% more than in 2010). Recently Wizz opened new bases in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine. However, Poland is still the largest market for Wizz Air.
On 4 October 2012, Wizz Air launched a new cabin bag policy to encourage customers to bring smaller baggage on-board following a successful month-long trial on the London Luton and Katowice route. This means that a smaller (42x32x25cm) cabin bag can be taken on board for free; larger cabin bags (56x45x25cm) would incur a fee varying between €10 or €30.
Wizz Air has its Headquarters in Building 221 of Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Budapest. Wizz Air signed the lease agreement in October 2010 and moved there in June 2011. The airline occupies over 2,000 square metres (22,000 sq ft) of space in an office building refurbished after the airline's arrival. The facility, with open plan offices, houses about 150 employees. Previously, its head office was in the Airport Business Park C2 in Vecsés, close to the airport.
While attempting to hasten SkyEurope's demise in June 2009, Wizz Air claimed it had been "profitable for several years". However, as a private company it is not required to publish its financial accounts - annual reports are still available. In November 2009, it emerged that Wizz Air was significantly loss-making and had never made a profit while delaying the pay-back of €32 million of debt by five years. Losses since commencing operations total €78 million, which, in 2009, fueled suggestions that the airline would file for bankruptcy. Since then Wizz Air reported profits in 2012, in 2013, in 2014 and in 2015. Wizz Air has the second lowest CASK (cost per available seat km) among European airlines.
As of April 2015, Wizz Air had created subsidiaries in three countries, but none still exist:
- Wizz Air Ukraine was the Ukrainian division of Wizz Air, which had its own air operator's certificate and operated from Kyiv Zhuliany International Airport and Lviv International Airport. As result of the 2014 situation in Ukraine, Wizz Air Ukraine was terminated on 20 April 2015. Some routes to and from Kyiv were taken over by Wizz Air itself while all others ceased.
- Wizz Air Bulgaria was Wizz Air's Bulgarian subsidiary based at Sofia Airport. It since ceased operations. However, Wizz Air itself still maintains base operations there.
- Wizz Air Romania was a planned subsidiary to be based at Timișoara Traian Vuia International Airport. However, this sub-company never started operations and Wizz Air itself inaugurated a base there instead.
Wizz Air operates from 22 bases as of January 2015, the latest addition to them being Tuzla Airport.
Wizz Air started new services between Katowice and London Gatwick in 2008. In January 2008, flights started from Gdansk to Gothenburg, Bournemouth and Coventry. In summer 2008, Wizz Air restarted the summer only services from Katowice and Budapest to Girona, as well as a new weekly service to Girona from Gdańsk. Other summer services from Budapest are Heraklion, Corfu, Burgas and Varna, from Katowice to Crete-Heraklion and Burgas, Warsaw to Corfu and Burgas. They also restarted the three-times weekly service from London Luton to Burgas. On 2 October 2008, Wizz Air announced that a number of its Romania services would have increased frequency following an order for three Airbus A320 aircraft.
In February 2012, Wizz Air announced that it would start flights from Debrecen International Airport to London, beginning 18 June 2012. On 11 September 2012, Wizz Air announced new routes to and from Tel Aviv, Israel.
On 11 April 2013 Wizz Air announced that it would start flights from Budapest Airport to Baku Heydar Aliyev International Airport starting from 17 June 2013. It will become the furthest of Wizz Air's destinations. The airline will push further again from late October 2013 when it is set to become one of the first airlines to operate from Dubai World Central Airport. On 13 June 2013, Wizz Air announced entry into the Moldovan market with two new routes from Chişinău International Airport starting from September 2013. On 26 June 2013, Wizz Air announced entry into the Slovakian market, adding one new route from Košice International Airport starting from September 2013.
On June 26 2015 the airline opened its 19th base at Tuzla International Airport in Bosnia and Herzegovina and deployed one new Airbus A320 aircraft at the airport. With one aircraft stationed at the airport, Wizz Air opened new routes to Memmingen (near Munich) and Torp (near Oslo), commencing on 26 June 2015, as well as to Hahn (near Frankfurt) and Skavsta (near Stockholm), commencing on 28 June 2015.
In February 2016 Wizz Air announced a new base at David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport (Kutaisi, Imereti, Georgia). On February 19, Wizz Air director general József Váradi will visit Kutaisi and present detailed information about the new base and future operations of the airline.
As of June 2016, the Wizz Air fleet consists of the following aircraft:
|Airbus A320-200||63||8||180||180||28 equipped with sharklets|
|Airbus A321-200||8||22||230||230||All equipped with sharklets|
|Airbus A321neo||—||110||239||239||Deliveries from 2019 to 2024, single largest A321 order|
Accidents and incidents
- On 8 June 2013, Wizz Air Flight 3141, an Airbus A320-232 (registration HA-LWM) from Bucharest - Henri Coandă Airport, Romania to Rome-Ciampino, Italy, made an emergency landing at Leonardo da Vinci–Fiumicino Airport when the crew encountered problems getting one of the main undercarriage down and locked. The aircraft diverted to Fiumicino because of the longer runway, and firefighters applied foam after landing as a precautionary measure. The aircraft was evacuated using slides. Initial reports of injured passengers were denied by both Wizz Air and Rome Fiumicino Airport, who said some passengers requested medical checkups but reported no injuries.
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