The low-cost airline market competition quickens, especially on domestic routes. Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, just announced a new route from Bucharest to Cluj-Napoca, another of Hungarian company’s five bases in Romania, as well as an external route from Bucharest to Budapest. Thus, Wizz Air is the third low cost airline after Ryanair and Blue Air, entering the domestic flights segment controlled until recently by TAROM.
“We’re excited to be adding new, low-fare service in Romania where our traffic numbers grew 16 percent in 2015. We’ve been working on these routes for some time as part of our continued commitment to Romania, where more and more people continue to respond to our low fares and excellent on-board service,” Gyorgy Abran, Chief Commercial Officer Wizz Air said in a press conference on Tuesday.
According to him, the low-cost company will begin the Bucharest to Cluj-Napoca route as of July 22 with six weekly flights, operating every day except Saturday. The Bucharest to Budapest service begins September 19 with four weekly flights, Monday Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
To mark the new service, Wizz Air is offering introductory fares on the Bucharest-Cluj-Napoca route from RON 39, and RON 99 on Bucharest-Budapest flights.
In October, Wizz Air announced four new routes from Cluj-Napoca to Alicante, Berlin Schoenefeld, Billund and Doncaster Sheffield.
Abran said that Wizz Air is very likely to consider other routes opportunities. In this context, Wizz Air plans to hire 400 people this year because the number of operated aircraft will increase and this requires more board staff and pilots.
Wizz Air now offers service on 108 routes from eight Romanian airports to 17 countries.
Wizz Air carried more than 4.5 million people through Romanian airports in 2015 compared with 3.8 million in 2014.