The airline company won two Sky awards for its great performance on the Bulgarian market in 2017
Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, was recognized as the best low-cost airline company in Bulgaria and as the passengers’ most preferred choice. The two prestigious awards were won by the airline carrier at Sky Awards 2017. The awards were received at a special evening event last week in Sofia.
Sky Awards are the only aviation awards in the country aiming to praise the best airline practices. The awards are given every year based on independent industry experts’ assessment and online users voting.
This year Wizz Air was presented with two prestigious Sky Awards for its outstanding year of growth in Bulgaria. Only in the first eleven months of 2017 almost 2.3 million passengers traveled with Wizz Air to and from Bulgaria, which is a 43% growth compared to the previous year. Wizz Air also opened its second base in the country, providing Varna citizens with great travel opportunities as well. The opening of the Varna base represents an investment of 99 million dollars for Wizz Air and creating 36 new direct jobs. Furthermore, to the delight of all local adventure lovers Wizz Air added 4 new tempting destinations to its Sofia network this year - Nice, Lisbon, Malaga and Athens. Flights to them will be operated as of March 2018, while seats on the routes are already on sale and can be booked on wizzair.com or via the WIZZ mobile app.
Wizz Air is the leading airline in Bulgaria with a market share of nearly 33%. Wizz Air’s first Bulgarian flight took off from Sofia in September 2005. Since then, the airline has carried over 11 million passengers from and to its three Bulgarian airports: Sofia, Varna and Bourgas, while constantly expanding its operations.
Wizz Air has now eight aircraft based in Bulgaria, seven at Sofia and one at Varna Airport, employing 300 customer-oriented crew. With its extensive network, the airline’s operations supports more than 1300** indirect jobs in associated industries in 2017.
Wizz Air Corporate Communications Manager, Gabor Vasarhelyi commented: "We are proud to receive not one but two Sky Awards in one of the most competitive categories: Sky Budget and Sky Favourite. 2017 has been one of the best years in our history and we are extremely happy that our work is appreciated highly both by aviation experts and customers. Only in the first 10 months of the year we managed to achieve growth in the number of passengers traveling from and to Bulgaria by over 40%, we opened our second base in the country and we lanched new destinations both from Sofia and Varna. In 2018 we’ll remain focused on making air travel accessible for all, while delivering a quality experience on-board one of the youngest aircraft fleets in Europe with the most positive crew”.