NUMBER OF ROUTES DOUBLES, YEARLY CAPACITY GROWS BY 82%
Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern shared today remarkable results achieved over the past five years of operations in the Israeli market. Its low fare network across the country has been massively expanding this year, offering now twice the number of connections to Europe, while strengthening its position in the market and becoming the largest low-cost carrier operating in Israel.
Wizz Air, as a pioneer of high quality and low-fare air travel in Israel market, has continuously invested in the country since 2012, always providing truly affordable travel opportunities for its customers. With more than 855,000 seats on sale in 2017 on 22 routes available from Tel Aviv and Eilat Ovda airports, Wizz Air became the 3 largest airline company in terms of allocated capacity from Israel to Central and Eastern Europe. As a result of WIZZ’s expansion plans, since the beginning of 2017 both inbound and outbound traffic through WIZZ connections to Europe has registered a 62% increase compared with the same period last year,
In 2018, with a 52% growth year-on-year, WIZZ’s operations in the country will continue to expand, as 1.3 million seats will be available across the Israeli network covering 22 routes to 17 destinations in 9 countries from Tel Aviv and Eilat. Over the past 5 years, since the start of operations, more than 1.6 million passengers have discovered the history, culture and landscape of European cities with WIZZ low fares, while enjoying a great customer experience and excellent service onboard.
Wizz Air, a value-oriented company, known for its reliable and friendly crew, as well as for operating one of the youngest fleets in Europe, is welcoming even more passengers to Israel, while proving affordable ways for Israeli customers to plan their holidays to Europe with fares starting at as low as ILS 99, (one way including all taxes and non-optional charges). Among the newest services launched by WIZZ in Israel, passengers can explore such destinations as London Luton (United Kingdom), Craiova and Timisoara (Romania), Lublin (Poland), Varna (Bulgaria), Kosice (Slovakia), Prague (Czech Republic), Riga (Latvia), Debrecen (Hungary).
As the leading low-cost carrier in Israel, Wizz Air will continue to create more travel opportunities to Europe for its Israeli customers, further stimulating inbound tourism and the local economy, while contributing to the employment in Israel’s aviation and tourism sectors. This year, Wizz Air’s Israel operations supported the creation of more than 640 jobs in associated industries throughout the country.
József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer at Wizz Air, said: “After five years since the start of our operations in Israel, Wizz Air is proud to share remarkable results as the leading low-cost carrier operating in the country. Our investment in the Israeli network this year doubled the number of connections offered from Tel Aviv and Eilat airports to Europe, offering now 22 routes. The new affordable travel opportunities created by WIZZ in Israel, further stimulated tourism, as our traffic numbers increased already with 62% since the beginning of this year. For 2018, we have planned even a greater expansion, offering 1.3 million seats on sale on our Israeli network to Europe. We look forward to continuing our fruitful partnership with the Israeli government and remain committed to bringing even more exciting opportunities that can best meet the needs of our Israeli customers and their visitors.”
ACI suggests creation of 750 on-site jobs for every 1 million carried passengers per year