Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today celebrates the 10 anniversary of its Gdansk base. Following Katowice and Warsaw, Gdansk was the third Polish city the airline established base operations at on 1 March 2006 and now has five aircraft and more than 200 WIZZ employees based at the airport.
Prior to the base establishment, the first WIZZ flight from Gdansk took off in August 2004. Since then, the airline has carried nearly 11 million passengers from and to the city, while constantly expanding its low-fare route network. Wizz Air now offers 30 low-fare routes to 13 countries from Gdansk with over 2 million seats on sale in 2016.
Along with Gdansk, Wizz Air has a base in five other Polish airports: Katowice, Warsaw, Poznan, Wroclaw and Lublin, with a total number of 19 based aircraft operated by 650 Polish crew working to provide outstanding customer service on each WIZZ flight. Wizz Air carried over six million passengers on its Poland routes in 2015, representing a 30% growth year over year.
On the occasion of its memorable 10-year anniversary, Wizz Air surprised all passengers travelling to and from Gdansk today with a 10-Euro value voucher. The special gifts were handed over by the friendly WIZZ crew and can be redeemed on any of the airline’s 428 routes.
Speaking at a press conference in Gdansk today, Johan Eidhagen, Wizz Air’s Chief Marketing Officer, said: “Gdansk was one of the first cities Wizz Air brought its low fares to in 2004 and less than two years after the first WIZZ flight to London Luton, we based an Airbus A320 at the airport, employing local crew. Since then, we have quintupled our capacity, creating more jobs and bringing affordable travel to even more customers, while stimulating tourism and aviation industry in Northern Poland. We will remain committed to Gdansk and Poland and keep on delivering low fares paired with excellent customer experience. We look forward to welcoming our Polish passengers on board to enjoy our friendly services travelling from seven Polish airports on 124 routes to 55 exciting WIZZ destinations.”
Wizz Air was recently named 2016 Value Airline of the Year by the editors of Air Transport World, one of the leading airline trade magazines.