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New Route of the Day (8 February 2024): Wizz Air between London LTN and Salzburg

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Wizz Air introduced services between London LTN and Salzburg in Austria on Thursday 8 February. The 1,060-kilometre route will be maintained 3-weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. The ULCC will deploy a 180-seat A320 aircraft between the two cities and will compete directly against easyJet, which maintains 5-weely rotations.

What they said

Valeria Bragarenco, Corporate Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: “We are very pleased to launch our first flight from Salzburg to London and give our passengers the opportunity to discover a new destination. With this new route, we want to create unforgettable experiences and enable our passengers to create lasting memories amidst London’s iconic landmarks, dynamic culture and diverse offerings.”

Wizz Air returns to Salzburg

London LTN becomes the first destination Wizz Air will be serving out of Salzburg, marking its comeback to the city after four years.

In 2020, during the height of the coronavirus pandemic, Wizz Air surprisingly announced a number of routes from the Austrian city. However, after just a few flights, all services were suspended as the health situation in the country worsened and it introduced entry bans from select markets, particularly from the Balkans.

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Wizz Air has been delaying its return to Salzburg ever since. However, it now plans to expand with the addition of another two routes, complementing London LTN. They include Skopje from 1 April and Bucharest from 2 April. In total, Wizz Air plans to offer just over 138,000 seats on its Salzburg flights this year.

Wizz Air growth stalls in 2024

Wizz Air, which will increase its overall capacity by over 66% in S24 compared to the pre-pandemic 2019 across its network, will see its year-on-year growth significantly subdued.

With over 40 of its aircraft to be grounded this summer because of manufacturing issues with engines on its Airbus neo fleet, Wizz Air has put growth on hold this year. This will be particularly felt in markets such as Poland and Bulgaria, which have sustained the bulk of the capacity cuts.

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