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Wizzair To Start Bulgarian Services

Fri Jun 17, 2005 9:08 am

Hungarian airline Wizzair will become Bulgaria's first low-cost operator when it starts flying from Sofia to Budapest this autumn, it said on Thursday.

The UK-registered carrier, which launched operations in Poland and Hungary last spring under a Hungarian license, plans to fly passengers from Bulgaria three times a week for as low as EUR19 (USD$23) without tax one-way as of September 18.

"Our aim is to become the single biggest airline in this country in three years, " Wizzair Chief Executive Joszef Varadi told reporters.

The company, which flies to 17 destinations in Europe, said it has raised EUR34 million (USD$41.2 million) in funding since its start and has a fleet of six Airbus A320s.

Bulgarian Transport Minister Nikolai Vassilev welcomed the new air carrier and said he hoped more low cost operators would follow to make air travel more accessible for the EU candidate country's 8 million people.

Bulgaria has yet to officially join the European "open skies" agreement allowing air carriers to travel between EU members without regulation.

It relies on bi-lateral pacts between countries, but this regime would end, at the latest, when it joins the Union, which is expected in 2007.
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RE: Wizzair To Start Bulgarian Services

Tue Jun 21, 2005 7:14 am

This sounds very interesting and marks their start of routes into non EU countries.

I notice the Sofia service wll connect in Budapest with services to London and Frankfurt. One the website you can buy through tickets and all in one transaction with a flight from LTN-BUD-SOF, etc...

Is this a first for European LCC... offering connecting flights? Am I right in assuming that at LTN for example I could check-in for the whole flight to Sofia despite a change of aircraft in BUD and my luggage would be transferred. Also will they guarantee connections?
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RE: Wizzair To Start Bulgarian Services

Thu Jun 30, 2005 8:30 am

This is great news for Bulgaria, Sofia is a great place and despite being quite rough around the edges it is quite a fun place.
Wizzair are not going to transfer your bags. This is what their website says:

Passengers travelling on
Please note that Wizz Air does not provide transfer service. Therefore, upon arrival at Budapest Airport you are required to enter the country (pass through passport control), pick up your checked baggage and check-in to your next flight according to the procedure and rules set out in the General Conditions of Carriage of Wizz Air. If you require a valid Visa to enter Hungary you must be holding one upon arrival. Should you fail to comply with these requirements, Wizz Air will not be liable for any damage resulting from such failure

This policy is similar to Sky Europe which allows you to book connections to Kosice. You have to re-check-in. But this is a great move by Wizz, lets hope they open new routes in Balkan region.