Wizz Air, Europe’s fastest growing and greenest airline announced today the allocation of a third aircraft to its Vilnius base. The new Airbus A320 will join the fleet on December 2021, enabling the start of 2 new routes from Vilnius to Reykjavik in Iceland and Yerevan in Armenia as well as the increase of frequencies of the airline’s existing routes to London Luton, Dortmund and Oslo. The new low fare routes are already on sale on www.wizzair.com and via WIZZ mobile app with fares starting as low as EUR 29.99*.
WIZZ opened its Lithuanian base at Vilnius Airport in April 2011 and has carried 4.5 million passengers during ten years of successful operations. With today’s announcement by this winter the airline will have a fleet of three modern, state of the art young aircraft at its Vilnius base. Wizz Air remains highly committed to Vilnius, to the Lithuanian market and to offering great services paired with low fares it its distinguished Lithuanian passengers. The airline will have an all Airbus A320 fleet in Lithuania as of the 2021 winter. The newly allocated capacity of over 334 000 seats per year will further contribute to the Lithuanian aviation market and to the creation of over thirty new direct jobs with Wizz Air. Together with these 2 new services Wizz Air now offers 24 routes to 16 countries from Vilnius.
The basing of the 3rd aircraft to Vilnius today reinforces the airline’s pledge to an environmentally-conscious operations. With a fleet of an average age of 5.4 years consisting of the most efficient and sustainable Airbus A320 family single aisle aircraft currently available, Wizz Air’s carbon-dioxide emissions are the lowest among European airlines in FY2020 (57.2 gr/km/passenger). Thanks to the largest order book of over 250 aircraft from the state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo family, the airline has made a commitment to further cut its environmental footprint by 25% for every passenger until 2030, alongside over 60 sustainability initiatives, including carbon offsetting, fuel efficiency and noise reduction.
Speaking at the press conference in Vilnius, Robert Carey, President of Wizz Air Group said: “Today brings great news for Lithuanian travellers and those who wish to visit the country. We are announcing more Vilnius based aircraft, more low fare routes and frequencies, as well as more jobs, and our support to ramp up tourism in Lithuania. Our modern aircraft, as well as our enhanced protective measures, will ensure the best possible healthy conditions for travellers while operating with the lowest environmental footprint. We look forward to welcoming passengers on board with great service and a smile, while we strive to become Europe’s most environmentally conscious airline.”
Marius Gelžinis, the CEO of Lithuanian Airports, said: "This airline's decision is a great example of the fact that the direction chosen by Lithuanian airports to develop a strategy for attracting base carriers is working. Recently, we have entered the list of the five fastest-growing passenger traffic markets in the European Union and also have been able to offer around 90% of the direct routes we had before the pandemic. “Wizz Air’s” decision to base an additional aircraft at Vilnius Airport means more opportunities for passengers to directly reach a wider list of destinations, which adds value to the economy, creates jobs and improves the overall level of air transport in the country.”
About Wizz Air
Wizz Air, the fastest growing European low-cost airline, operates a fleet of 144 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft. A team of dedicated aviation professionals delivers superior service and very low fares, making Wizz Air the preferred choice of 10.2 million passengers in the financial year ending 31 March 2021. Wizz Air is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker WIZZ. The company was recently named one of the world's top ten safest airlines by airlineratings.com, the world's only safety and product rating agency, and 2020 Airline of the Year by ATW, the most coveted honour an airline or individual can receive, and a most sustainable company in the airline industry in 2021 by World Finance Magazine.