Gatwick base for Wizz Air

Owain Jones, MD of Wizz Air UK. (Wizz Air)

The European low-cost carrier, Wizz Air, has announces a new base at Gatwick Airport. It joins London Luton (LTN) and the recently announced Doncaster Sheffield (DSA) as bases for Wizz Air UK, the group’s UK-registered and based airline.

The airline will allocate one Airbus A321 to Gatwick and launch four new routes to leisure destinations in Greece, Italy, Spain, and Malta from October 22, 2020.

Wizz Air said it will provide 450,000 seats per annum on its new routes to popular holiday destinations including Athens (Greece), Naples (Italy), Lanzarote (Spain) and Malta for the remainder of the year.

Stewart Wingate, CEO at Gatwick Airport, said: “This is encouraging news for Gatwick, particularly at a time when the industry has been so negatively impacted by COVID-19. Having a new aircraft based at Gatwick underpins the resilience of our business for the long-term and ensures we continue to offer our passengers great choice. This is a welcome indication of the positive conversations we are having with airlines – both existing and new – about securing Gatwick’s future.”

Owain Jones, MD of Wizz Air UK added: “Already the fourth largest airline group operating in the UK, this announcement of our new Gatwick base and four new routes reinforces Wizz Air UK’s position as a British airline that is growing, creating new jobs, bringing much-needed connectivity to the UK and so helping the economy get back in the air.

“Following on from last week’s announcement of a new Wizz Air UK base at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, we stand ready to continue to support the UK’s recovery with further growth at key airports, if slot-blocking by other airlines is stopped allowing Wizz to deliver on our promise of providing affordable travel for all.”