Wizz Air is expanding in the fight for Vienna airport, with the airline basing a sixth aircraft there – as well as adding six new routes.
The new routes will kick off during the winter 2019 season, with a sixth Airbus A321 joining the fleet based at Vienna International Airport
The new routes are:
- Chisinau (Mondays and Fridays), Commences 28th October
- Oslo (Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays) Commences 16 December
- Alicante (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays), Commences 17 December 2019
- Bremen (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, Sundays), Commences 17 December 2019
- Naples (Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays), Commences 17 December 2019
- Porto (Wednesdays and Sunday), 18 December 2019
In addition, there are route frequency increases:
- Eindhoven goes from 2 weekly to 4 weekly
- Tel Aviv goes from 7 weekly to 9 weekly
Lead in fares start from €14.99 and upward.
The airline claims that fourty new jobs will be created with the addition of this aircraft, with the airline serving 38 routes to 23 countries from Vienna.
József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air said
“Today’s announcement underlines our long term commitment to Vienna, Austria and our desire to offer more and more low-fare travel opportunities to our distinguished Austrian passengers. Our continuous growth in Vienna further stimulates the tourism and hospitality sectors in Austria and creates more local jobs. Our expanding route network from Vienna now offers 38 routes to 23 countries and will offer almost three million seats in the airline’s Austrian network in 2020. We welcome all eager travellers to discover these and other great European destinations while enjoying WIZZ’s low fares and great on board experience.”
The battle of Vienna continues
With the demise last year of Niki, airlines have been fighting to gain market share out of Vienna International Airport – with Wizz Air, LaudaMotion (Ryanair), Eurowings (Lufthansa Group) and LEVEL (IAG) battling out for customers at the lower end of the market, whilst home carrier Austrian and other carriers battle out the middle and premium value segments.
It’s a battle that’s evolving, and will come down to how can survive the summer season – and who will have the strength to survive a winter season. With a lot of big names here – everything is up for grabs.
For the passenger – it means lower fares for now.
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