Business News, 30/07/2017

Wizz Air Aims at Kharkiv

“Wizz Air Hungary Ltd, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), is planning to increase its fleet in Ukraine until 2020,” reports Chief Corporate Officer of Wizz Air Owain Jones.

In addition to Kyiv, the airline intends to fly from Kharkiv. Odesa International Airport is a further possible service for Wizz Air. However, in Odesa, there is a problem with the runaway, which needs to be repaired.

“There is no doubt that Ukraine is a market with a great potential. By 2020, we are looking at a fleet in Ukraine consisting of at least eight aircraft,” noted Owain Jones.

Presently, Wizz Air in Ukraine utilizes one Airbus A320 aircraft at Zhuliany Airport, Kyiv. A further Airbus A320 will be transferred there in August 2017 and the third A320 will arrive in April 2018.

The Hungarian airline has almost half of the low-cost air service market in Ukraine currently at 49.6 percent. While working in Ukraine during the period 2008-2016, Wizz Air carried 4.5 million passengers. In the first six months of 2017, overall passenger traffic of the low-cost airline totaled 193,000, 33 percent more than in the same period last year.

Text: Iryna Klymenko

Photo: kharkivairport.ua