Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2882 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 61473 times:
First of all in May, Wizz Air launched a daily service from Luton - Katowice, they then annouced they were going to go head to head with easyJet and fly daily to Budapest.
A couple of weeks later they have announced both routes are going to go twice daily.
Then yesterday they announced they will be launching twice daily services from Luton - Warsaw and a daily service to Gdansk!
It seems the likes of easyJet and Ryanair have been to slow to react and the countries of Eastern Europe have beaten the big boys to these new routes.
Wizz Air does not seem afraid of competition, by taking on easyJet on the Budapest route and the likes of SkyEurope and Air Polania who already operate routes between London, Warsaw, Katowice and Budapest.
Wizz Air seems to be a very smart little outfit and seems to know exactly what they are doing. They have major financial backing from US Investors and have just secured a deal giving them 40million US Dollars to invest. They also have some quite high profile directors on the baord, with József Váradi as the CEO and was formerly the CEO of Malev, and Lynn Wotherspoon as the Vice President and she use to the be CEO of Buzz before KLM sold it to Ryanair.
I love the livery on their A320's and they offer leather seating throughout.
AAnalyst From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 136 posts, RR: 0 Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 61309 times:
Sevenair - Those little squares are actually drink holders. They fold down as a little table, and they have a plastic ring to hold a cup in place. Really neat, actually, and it saves you from having to put the whole tray table down.
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Adamlaskiewicz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 61212 times:
Excellent news! It's about time that links between the West and the East were improved. Despite their beauty, countries such as Poland still remain relatively undiscovered by tourists as transport links have, in the past, been rather limited. But it seems that things are changing for the better...
I'm very surprised though that the likes of easyJet and Ryanair still haven't made their entrance into this market. What is stopping them? Having said that though, it is probably a good thing as it gives start-ups like Wizz Air a chance to establish themselves.
CopySouthwest From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 123 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 61183 times:
Great news to see Wizz Air expanding in Poland and it's particularly good to see routes direct from the Polish regions to London. There's quite a strong amount of low-cost competition growing on the Anglo-Polish routes with Sky Europe also shortly to increase frequencies:
Wizz Air (LTN) 2x daily
Sky Europe (STN) 2x daily
Air Polonia (STN) 6x weekly
Wizz Air (LTN) 2x daily
Air Polonia (STN) 3x weekly
Wizz Air (LTN) 1x daily
Air Polonia (STN) 2x weekly
Air Polonia appears to be the weakest of the bunch in terms of frequencies. I'm booked on them in September flying STN-GDN/POZ-STN but I am a little dubious as to their chances of long term survival.
As for the others, Sky Europe is well established and Wizz Air appears to have strong backing however with LOT potentially entering the LCC arena and the possible future entry of Easy and Ryan the Polish market will be a crowded one for sure!
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Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 62 Reply 6, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 61165 times:
Their advert in the Metro (UK newpaper) the other day was advertising flights on their Luton - Katowice route for £9 one-way including all taxes. I would love to go to Katowice for a day trip if it only cost £18 return!
Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2882 posts, RR: 1 Reply 11, posted (8 years 11 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 61095 times:
Apologies to our European neighbours, I forgot to mention the other routes they are operating.
It appears that Wizz Air definately seem to have a like to the London routes, as they are not operating the same level of frequencies to any of their other destinations.
They have chosen typical Ryanair airports to fly into throughout Europe, including Bergamo (Milan), Charleroi (Brussels), Beauvais (Paris), Girona (Barcelona) and Skavsta (Stockholm). I hope these airports workout OK for Wizz Air, as most LCC have chosen cities main airports and Ryanair has usually been the exception.
L410Turbolet From Czech Republic, joined May 2004, 5394 posts, RR: 19 Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 60960 times:
According to Czech aviation site www.airways.cz, Wizz Air oficially confirmed "temporary termination" of BUD-PRG service as of July 19. The BUD-PRG service commenced on June 25. An official reason for termination is low demand.
Wizz Air is after Snowflake second LCC pulling out of Prague, currently operated by 14 other LCCs.
BuyantUkhaa From Mongolia, joined May 2004, 2779 posts, RR: 3 Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 60885 times:
Well, I'll fly Wizz air LTN-KTW on the 25th of this month - I hope they'll have more routes later on.
They even have a bus service from the airport (similar to Ryanair) that you book in advance by credit card - costing about €2 or so. Quite a relief as I think public transport at Katowice Airport must be rather non-existent around midnight!
Adamlaskiewicz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 60814 times:
Ha ha ha ha ha ... great name....
now we need an new airline called "Dump".....
then you could take a Wizz there and a Dump on your return...
I didn't find it that funny! Luckily, on this side of the pond the word "wizz" doesn't have the same connotations that it does on your side. I think it's an original and innovative name, something which must be getting a bit difficult to come up with nowadays considering how many new LCCs there are.