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New Route of the Day (3 June 2024): Wizz Air between Budapest and Valencia

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Wizz Air commenced flights between Budapest and Valencia on Monday 3 June. The 1,820-kiloemter service will be maintained 3-weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with the carrier’s A320 fleet. It will compete against Ryanair’s 5-weekly service between the two cities.

What they said

Mate Ritter, Head of Airline Development at Budapest Airport, said: “We are thrilled to see Wizz Air expanding its operations from Budapest Airport with these new routes. Each new destination enriches our network and provides our passengers with more choices for travel.”

Wizz Air to serve 67 cities from Budapest

Despite being forced to ground over 40 aircraft as part of inspections on engines on some its A320neo-family fleet, the ULCC is growing its network out of Budapest, albeit many of its other bases have seen deep cuts in frequencies.

Wizz Air inaugurated flights from Budapest to Stuttgart on 1 June, growing its operations from the Hungarian capital to Germany to 16-weekly flights. It was followed by the Valencia launch, marking the seventh Spanish destination served by Wizz Air from Budapest, joining Alicante, Barcelona, Madrid, Malaga, Tenerife, and Palma de Mallorca. Wizz Air will now offer more than 17,900 two-way weekly seats to Spain.

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On 30 June, Wizz Air will introduce flights between Budapest and Yerevan in Armenia, with Bucharest and Brasov in Romania to follow on 1 and 2 July respectively.

During the peak of S24, Wizz Air will operate a total of 67 destinations out of its Budapest base.

Wizz Air is Budapest’s largest airline

Despite stiff competition from ULCC rival Ryanair, Wizz Air is by far the largest airline out of Budapest. During the peak of the summer season, it will account for 34.5% of Budapest Airport’s total weekly capacity, ahead of Ryanair with a 26.7% share.

With over 5,000 departing seats per week, London LTN is Wizz Air’s busiest route out of Budapest, followed by Milan MXP, with just over 4,000 one-way weekly seats and Rome FCO with 3,346 weekly seats.

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