Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe and Romania’s leading airline, celebrates this August the first anniversary of its Sibiu base, together with a remarkable milestone of carrying more than a quarter million passengers to and from Sibiu in the past 12 months.
Wizz Air started its operations from Sibiu International Airport in 2014 and since then has continuously invested in its ever-growing network, always looking to bring more low-fare travel opportunities for its customers. In August 2016, Sibiu became WIZZ’s 7 base in Romania, an investment of more than $ 100 million, with one modern Airbus A320, creating 36 new local jobs with the airline and expanding its low-fare network to 6 destinations to 4 countries. By increasing its operations from Sibiu, WIZZ carried, over 255,000 passengers in the past 12 months, showing an increase of 168% compared to the same period in the previous year. The new affordable travel opportunities created for Sibiu passengers and their visitors are available on wizzair.com or via the free mobile app from as low as RON 85.
The airline’s continuous investment in Romanian regions is bringing remarkable benefits to the local communities, as in the first half year of 2017, Sibiu county was ranked in the top 4 best performing counties from Romania to attract foreign tourists, with 6,7% increase compared to the same period last year.
Wizz Air’s fast-growing Romanian operations will continue to stimulate the local economy as it has done for the past 10 years, bringing increased employment in Romania’s aviation, tourism and hospitality sectors and supporting more than 5,700 jobs this year in associated industries throughout the country. In 2018, WIZZ offers in total more than 9.2 million seats on sale from 10 Romanian airports on 142 routes to 20 countries. Already the largest airline in Romania, Wizz Air will have 24 aircraft based in Romania next year, including 7 of the ultra-efficient brand new 230-seat Airbus A321, employing over 800 customer-oriented local crew.
Sorina Ratz, Communications Manager at Wizz Air said: “This month we are celebrating 1 year of successful operations of our Sibiu base, together with a new passenger record. Our investment in the 7 Romanian base at Sibiu, created great benefits for the local community by creating new jobs, further stimulating the local economy as well as the inbound tourism. With more than 255,000 carried passengers on WIZZ’s low-fare routes from Sibiu in the past 12 months, Sibiu’s tourism sector has developed and recently was ranked as one of the top four best-performing counties in terms of incoming foreign visitors in the statistics referring to the performance from the first half of this year . We look forward to a fruitful partnership with Sibiu International Airport, and our local crew is looking to welcoming even more passengers on board of our modern fleet!”
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According to the National Institute of Statistics in Romania
ACI suggests creation of 750 on-site jobs for every 1 million carried passengers per year