London Luton Airport
Low-cost European airliner Wizz Air is set to open a new base at London Luton Airport creating 36 jobs.
The new base will strengthen Wizz Air's operational presence at London Luton Airport where it is already the second largest carrier, and increase the number of routes being served from the airport to 42.
Wizz Air’s investment will also provide a huge boost to the local economy, supporting jobs in the aviation, transportation, hospitality and tourism industries.
József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air, said: "Today's announcement once again underlines Wizz Air's commitment to the UK. Our first Wizz Air flight from the UK took off from London Luton in 2004 and since then, we have carried over 35 million passengers on our low-fare UK routes.
“Wizz is bringing direct connections and the lowest-fare opportunities to our customers in the UK to explore everything that the CEE region has to offer, whether visiting their friends and family, taking city breaks, exploring undiscovered countryside or sophisticated sea and ski resorts.
“By establishing base operations at London Luton, where Wizz is already the second largest operator and an important supporter of local jobs with our business partners, we are also creating direct local jobs with one of Europe's fastest-growing airlines for the first time.
The new base will bring with it three new Wizz services which will connect London Luton with Tel Aviv in Israel, Prishtina, the capital of Kosovo and Kutaisi in Georgia, which is the only direct connection between Georgia and the UK.
In 2016, as the second largest operator at London Luton, Wizz carried more than 5 million passengers. In 2017 Wizz Air will have almost 6.3 million seats on sale on its London Luton routes, representing a 13% growth year on year.