Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, has managed to overcome national flag carrier Tarom over the past few years in terms of the number of transported passengers. Thus, one of the three passengers who chose to fly in 2017, were those carried by Wizz Air.
The Hungarian-based company transported 6.8 million passengers in/from Romania, more than Tarom and Blue Air last year together. For this year, Wizz Air has a capacity of 8.8 million seats, the loading degree of the aircraft exceeding 90 percent, Jozsef Varadi (photo), CEO Wizz Air announced in a press conference recently, digi24.ro informs.
Asked if Wizz Air would do the same thing and recognize trade unions, as Ryanair did, a company which in the autumn of last year had to cancel several flights due to a pilots strike, Jozsef Varadi says he does not believe in this form of organization.
In his opinion, the organization of employees in trade unions is not very effective, giving Tarom as example, and says that this way of organization is used when things do not work well in a company.
”Look at Tarom! Pilots may feel satisfied there because they are part of a union, but with all due respect, it is only a matter of time until Tarom will disappear from the market,” Varadi stated, adding: ”We believe that the best way is to have an open dialogue between management and employees.” Wizz Air official also pointed out that Tarom has a market share half that of the company he represents: 15.9 percent vs. 34.7 percent. According to the latest data, Tarom has not passed 3 million passengers transported.
Wizz Air transported 3.1 million passengers from Bucharest and, for this year, 4 million seats are scheduled for sale, an increase of 18 percent compared to last year. At the national level, the company has scheduled a capacity of 8.8 million places and will add three aircraft to the Romanian bases. An airplane will come to Bucharest in June. At the same time, another airplane will be allocated to the base in Sibiu, and in July another to the one in Iasi. In total, Wizz will have 24 aircraft allocated to Romania, which means about 25 percent of the total capacity.
Moreover, 20 percent of Wizz business is generated by the local market.