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Wizz Air Expanding At Sofia

Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:18 am

Wizz Air will add a sixth aircraft and four new destinations to its base at Sofia, Bulgaria, from March 2016.

New destinations are Alicante, Bristol, Hamburg Lubeck, and Oslo Torp; all 2x weekly.

They've only just added their fifth aircraft to the base and started new flights to Bari, Cologne, Geneva, Naples, and Munich Memmingen.

Seems like Wizz are doing pretty well!
 
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RE: Wizz Air Expanding At Sofia

Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:30 am

For sure they're doing well, I've just read an article that they've served almost two million passengers last month.

It occurs to me that all of those destinations are in western Europe. I wonder when they'll open their first western European base and what airport it will be. Seems only a matter of time before eastern Europe will be too small for them.
 
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RE: Wizz Air Expanding At Sofia

Thu Aug 06, 2015 11:50 am

London Luton might as well be a base given how many destinations and daily flights they have!
 
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RE: Wizz Air Expanding At Sofia

Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:05 pm

FR to launch STN-SOF in 2016. The following article says daily, while Flightglobal says 4x weekly.

http://www.hertsandessexobserver.co....s/story-27557576-detail/story.html
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RE: Wizz Air Expanding At Sofia

Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:07 pm

Quoting flywrite (Reply 2):
London Luton might as well be a base given how many destinations and daily flights they have!

It was discussed here already before. Wizz Air has a lot flights and routes to LTN, but most likely they will stay as not based operator (despite the fact they have overnighting and standby crews in LTN). Wizz Air is getting incentivized by LTN, because they utilize the airport capacity in off-peak. As the main example, they arrive from most of their Eastern European bases in the morning at 7:00-8:00 and then departs from LTN at 07:30-09:00 - time, when based Monarch, easyJet and Ryanair when already left for the first wawe in 06:00-07:00.
 
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RE: Wizz Air Expanding At Sofia

Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:33 pm

Ever more competition for Bulgaria Air.

Quoting [email protected] (Reply 3):
FR to launch STN-SOF in 2016. The following article says daily, while Flightglobal says 4x weekly.

Ryanair's press release mentions daily:
http://corporate.ryanair.com/news/ne...service-for-summer-2016/?market=en
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RE: Wizz Air Expanding At Sofia

Thu Aug 06, 2015 12:42 pm

Quoting teahan (Reply 5):
Ryanair's press release mentions daily:
http://corporate.ryanair.com/news/ne...service-for-summer-2016/?market=en

Danke. Not surprised given W6 has 18x weekly LTN-SOF, at least during the summer.
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RE: Wizz Air Expanding At Sofia

Thu Aug 06, 2015 1:56 pm

Quoting flywrite (Thread starter):
New destinations are Alicante, Bristol, Hamburg Lubeck, and Oslo Torp; all 2x weekly

That's quite a low number of frequencies for 1 aircraft, does this mean, this based aircraft will serve another route the destinations, before returning to Sofia? Or are existing routes being upgraded as well?
 
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RE: Wizz Air Expanding At Sofia

Thu Aug 06, 2015 2:05 pm

W6 certainly has a decent market share on LON-SOF:

Number of seats in w/c 3rd Aug 2015 (each way):

BA (from LHR): 1,170
FB (from LHR): 1,152
EZY (from LGW): 1,092
W6 (from LTN) 3,240

Total weekly seats (each way): 6,654

W6's market share: 49%
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RE: Wizz Air Expanding At Sofia

Thu Aug 06, 2015 4:17 pm

I'm not surprised how well they are doing at SOF, I know several people who use them to travel LON-SOF-DWC - or at least as far as SOF and self connect to FZ to DXB. I've been told it can be far cheaper than booking full service carriers.
 
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RE: Wizz Air Expanding At Sofia

Thu Aug 06, 2015 5:37 pm

Quoting MCO2BRS (Reply 9):
DWC

Indeed, I have seen one-way fares from SOF/OTP/BUD to DWC with W6 for less than GBP35 all-in.

[Edited 2015-08-06 10:37:59]
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RE: Wizz Air Expanding At Sofia

Thu Aug 06, 2015 7:26 pm

Quoting [email protected] (Reply 6):
Danke. Not surprised given W6 has 18x weekly LTN-SOF, at least during the summer.
Quoting OO-VEG (Reply 7):
That's quite a low number of frequencies for 1 aircraft, does this mean, this based aircraft will serve another route the destinations, before returning to Sofia? Or are existing routes being upgraded as well?

There are frequency increases as well, including LTN-SOF going to 21xWeek
https://wizzair.com/en-GB/about_us/news/wizzen339
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RE: Wizz Air Expanding At Sofia

Fri Aug 21, 2015 10:02 am

Quoting PatrickZ80 (Reply 1):
It occurs to me that all of those destinations are in western Europe. I wonder when they'll open their first western European base and what airport it will be. Seems only a matter of time before eastern Europe will be too small for them.

There's an opportunity presenting itself for Wizz right now, because the "New Ryanair" is abandoning some of its former markets, and repositioning itself to stop the expansion of U2 / DY / VY in main airports (see BRU and FCO, but also others in smaller scale).
We have a nice example of this right here - FR has abandoned LBC and moved to HAM, where it is not adding new destinations but matching the ones already offered by competitors. W6 is now growing in LBC and slowly filling the gap left by FR, and there is further potential.

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