Wizz Air now serves Stuttgart and Leipzig; has 81 German routes in Q3; Dortmund remains top airport

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Wizz Air’s Germany network has seen important changes recently. On 1 June 2024, it began flying to Stuttgart for the first time, with a 5-weekly service from Budapest. It will be joined by Tirana on 29 October (3-weekly). On 20 June, it returned to Leipzig for the first time since 2021 with the launch of Bucharest (2-weekly). It will be joined by Tirana on 30 September (3-weekly).

Germany is Wizz Air’s eighth-largest country market

In Q3 (July-September), the Wizz Air Group’s network encompasses 52 countries in Europe, North Africa, the Middle East, Caucasus and Asia. Germany ranks eighth with about 800,000 one-way seats.

Germany is one of only three countries in Wizz Air’s top 10 with fewer seats than in Q3 2023. Capacity has fallen by 16% year-on-year, pushing it down three places. It would be easy to say its decline is due to ongoing engine problems, but big growth elsewhere suggests that other reasons are at play. Indeed, Cirium data shows that the ULCC’s Germany routes have fallen from 102 in Q3 2023 to 81 now.

Top 10 Wizz Air country markets 2023 Q3

Dortmund remains its leading German airport

Serving the enormously populous area of North Rhine-Westphalia, Dortmund has been in Wizz Air’s network for 20 years. The ULCC’s first Dortmund flight was in August 2004, three months after the airline’s first flight. Two decades on, Dortmund remains Wizz Air’s leading airport in Germany. It is its 15th most-served airport out of the 189 in its full network in Q3 2024. Dortmund is its largest non-base, although it briefly stationed aircraft there during COVID-19.

In the analysed three months, Wizz Air has 24 Dortmund routes. Aside from Rome FCO, all are to Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus, as far as Yerevan. In comparison to last year, Olsztyn-Mazury, Nis, Targu Mures and Wroclaw have ended. No new routes have been introduced. Only Katowice has direct competition, with Wizz Air facing Ryanair.

Notice the significant capacity drops at Hahn (-42%), Cologne (-64%) and Friedrichshafen (-63%). None of the airports are big for Wizz Air: Hahn ranks 97th out of 189, Cologne 141st and 188th As such, the cuts make the situation look disproportionately bad. Friedrichshafen, the worst affected, has been part of Wizz Air’s network since 2015. Now it has only one route to Skopje, with the loss of Tuzla last year.

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Wizz Air 12 airports in Germany Q3 2024

Wizz Air’s top 10 German routes

Cirium schedules information indicates that Dortmund-Katowice has more seats than any of Wizz Air’s other German routes. At 2-daily in August, it is among the airline’s most-served routes across its entire network.

Wizz Air serves 12 countries from Germany. While Romania remains number one, capacity has fallen by 14% year-on-year. It is one of eight nations with fewer or the same number of seats from Germany.

Only four markets have grown: Italy (+211%, but from a low base), Hungary (+50%), Albania (+17%) and Montenegro (+11%). Albania is now the second most-served country from Germany, up three places compared to last year. There are 10 routes in Q3, four of which make the top 10.

Top 10 Wizz Air routes from Germany Q3 2024

 

 

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