Wizz Air, Europe’s fastest growing airline, was named Airline of the Year at the Airline Economics Aviation 100 Awards. The award was received by Marion Geoffroy, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, at the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers COVID Special dinner in London on the 20 September 2021.
Airline Economics praised WIZZ for its handling of the pandemic, with the award based on criteria including profit, debt, load figures, RPK, orders and routes held, and expansion activity. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, Wizz Air has launched over 300 new routes, opened 17 new bases and delivered 33 new aircraft since March 2020, and is now flying over 100% of its pre-Covid capacity.
Now in its tenth year, the Aviation 100 Awards celebrate the very best companies, individuals and transactions in the aviation finance and leasing sector. 2020 was an unprecedented and transformative year for the aviation industry, therefore, when voting, the industry was asked to consider how companies and individuals responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, including their ability to raise additional funds, manage a new operating environment as well as its overall crisis response and future resilience.
Marion Geoffroy, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, said: “We are proud to receive this prestigious award which confirms that Wizz Air is a great business as well as a great airline. There is no doubt that the past eighteen months have been challenging for the industry, but to be recognised is testament to the hard work and dedication of all our employees in addition to the relentless focus we put on customer experience and to providing low-fare travel opportunities. As the industry shows signs of recovery, we remain focused on continued growth, and are recruiting for 800 new cabin crew and 200 new pilots to join our team by December 2021.”