Hot off the heels of opening a base at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, Wizz Air is to open a base at Gatwick Airport.
It will be the third base for Wizz Air UK (Wizz Air’s UK subsidiary), who have a base a Luton Airport, as well as at Doncaster Sheffield Airport. The airline will allocate 1 Airbus A321 aircraft to the South London hub and launch four new routes to leisure destinations in Greece, Italy, Spain and Malta from 22 October 2020.
The exact routes are:
- London Gatwick – Lanzarote – three times a week, from 23rd October
- London Gatwick – Athens – four times a week, from 22nd October
- London Gatwick – Malta – three times a week from 23rd October
- London Gatwick – Naples – four times a week from 22nd October
Lead-in prices start at £21.99 to £26.99 depending on the route.
Wizz Air started flying from Gatwick in 2016, and since then has carried almost 1 million passengers.
The addition of these new routes from Gatwick and Doncaster Sheffield represents significant growth of Wizz Air’s UK network, with the airline now operating 119 routes to 69 destinations from 11 UK airports.
Owain Jones, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK said:
“Already the fourth largest airline group operating in the UK, today’s announcement of our new Gatwick base and four new routes reinforces Wizz Air UK’s position as a British airline that is growing, creating new jobs, bringing much-needed connectivity to the UK and so helping the economy get back in the air. Following on from last week’s announcement of a new Wizz Air UK base at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, we stand ready to continue to support the UK’s recovery with further growth at key airports, if slot-blocking by other airlines is stopped allowing WIZZ to deliver on our promise of providing affordable travel for all. Now more customers in the London area and the South of England than ever before can take advantage of Wizz Air’s ultra-low fares to travel to their favourite sunny holiday spot on-board our young and green fleet of Airbus aircraft, with our new Gatwick flights starting just in time for the October half-term – and with our special offer on WIZZ Flex, you can book in confidence that you can change your travel plans as many times as you need to, with no change fee.”
Stewart Wingate, CEO at Gatwick Airport, said:
“This is encouraging news for Gatwick, particularly at a time when the industry has been so negatively impacted by COVID-19. Having a new aircraft based at Gatwick underpins the resilience of our business for the long-term and ensures we continue to offer our passengers great choice. This is a welcome indication of the positive conversations we are having with airlines – both existing and new – about securing Gatwick’s future.”
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