Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today celebrates the 10 anniversary of its Poznan base. Following Katowice, Warsaw and Gdansk, Poznan was the fourth Polish city the airline established base operations at on 31 January 2008 and now has two aircraft and 78 WIZZ employees based at the airport.
Prior to the base establishment, the first WIZZ flight from Poznan took off in September 2005. Since then, the airline has carried over four million passengers from and to the city, while constantly expanding its low-fare route network. With the new Dortmund and Reykjavik services, which will both commence in March, Wizz Air now offers 12 low-fare routes to nine countries from Poznan Airport. In 2018, Wizz Air will have 700,000 seats on sale on its Poznan routes, 20% more, than in the previous year.
On the occasion of its memorable 10-year anniversary, Wizz Air surprised all passengers travelling to and from Poznan 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 more than 550 routes.
Along with Poznan, Wizz Air offers flights from seven other Polish airports: Warsaw, Katowice, Gdansk, Wroclaw, Lublin, Szczecin and Olsztyn-Mazury. In 2017, 8.1 million passengers traveled with WIZZ on its low-fare Polish routes, 17% growth year on year. The airline’s operations do not only provide affordable travel opportunities between Poland and the rest of Europe, but also stimulate the local job market in aviation and tourism sectors, supporting more than 6000 jobs* this year in associated industries throughout the country.
With 19 new routes commencing in 2018, the Polish WIZZ network now consists of 164 routes to 30 countries.
Gabor Vasarhelyi, Corporate Communications Manager, said: “Poznan was one of the first cities Wizz Air brought its low fares to in 2005 and couple of years after the first WIZZ flight took off to London Luton, we based an Airbus A320 at the airport, employing local crew. Since then, we have more than doubled our capacity, creating more jobs and bringing affordable travel to even more customers, while stimulating tourism and aviation industry in Greater Poland. We will remain committed to Poznan and Poland and keep on delivering low fares, which are always paired with an excellent customer experience. Our friendly Polish crew looks forward to welcoming you on board one of our new aircraft with a smile!”
*ACI suggests creation of 750 on-site jobs for every 1 million carried passengers per year