Wizz Air today announced that it will further expand its operations in Ukraine by adding a fourth Airbus A320 aircraft at its Kyiv base in March 2019, launching five long-awaited routes from Kyiv and Lviv airports and increasing the number of tickets offered with over 45% next year.
The new low fare routes announced will operate from Kyiv to Bremen, Billund and Riga and from Lviv to Copenhagen and Frankfurt Hahn and travellers can already book their tickets.
At a press conference in Kyiv, Stephen Jones, Executive Vice President of Wizz Air, said: “Today we are bringing more exciting news for our customers from Ukraine, underlining once again Wizz Air’s commitment to the country. We are happy to continue our investment with the addition of a fourth Airbus A320, creating more new direct jobs at Wizz Air as well as supporting over 1,000 jobs in aviation, tourism and other associated industries across the country. We are increasing our offer in Ukraine to more than 2.5 million tickets in 2019, on 42 routes available from 3 Ukrainian airports creating more opportunities for our customers to travel at truly the lowest”
Today’s announcement brings WIZZ’s investment in its Kyiv base to over $400 million in 2019 and increases its operations with 45% in Ukraine, offering in total more than 2.5 million seats on 42 routes to 12 countries. The new aircraft will arrive on 1 March 2019 and will support the service of the 5 new routes from Ukraine from which, WIZZ’s routes to Kyiv-Bremen, Kyiv-Billund, Lviv-Copenhagen and Lviv-Frankfurt Hahn are the only direct connections.
Wizz Air started its operations from Kyiv International Airport in 2008 and since then has continuously invested in the network, always looking to bring unique and affordable travel opportunities for its customers. “As the pioneer of lowest-fare air travel in Ukraine, we are looking to further stimulate the market and respond to the increasing demand for low fare tickets and great travel experience. The five routes announced today from Ukraine to Latvia, Germany and Denmark will for sure create the new opportunities our customers were waiting for,” added Stephen Jones.
The airline’s continuous investment in Ukraine and the expansion of its local base in 2019 will create new jobs with the company and expanding the local team to more than 140 direct employees. WIZZ’s operations in the country will further contribute to the local economic development as it has done for the last decade, by increasing employment in Ukraine’s aviation and tourism sectors and supporting more than 1,000 jobs on an annual basis.
Today, Wizz Air also releases its 2019 summer schedule from Kyiv airport. For the next two weeks the fares for the summer season, including the new routes will be exclusively available to WIZZ Discount Club members only, while from 13 September 2018, they will become available to everyone. The new connections together with the weekly frequency increase on the popular service Kyiv- Lisbon are part of WIZZ’s 2018 summer schedule from Kyiv.
WIZZ AIR’S NEW ROUTES FROM UKRAINE
|New routes||Frequency||Start date||Fares from*|
|Kyiv – Riga||Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays||2 March 2019||24.99 EUR / 759 UAH|
|Kyiv – Bremen||Mondays, Fridays||1 March 2019||24.99 EUR / 759 UAH|
|Kyiv – Billund||Tuesdays, Saturdays||2 March 2019||24.99 EUR / 759 UAH|
|Lviv – Copenhagen||Wednesdays, Sundays||3 March 2019||24.99 EUR / 759 UAH|
|Lviv – Frankfurt Hahn||Mondays, Fridays||14 December 2018||24.99 EUR / 759 UAH|
WIZZ AIR’S FREQUENCY INCREASE ON EXISTING ROUTES
|New routes||Weekly flights|
|Kyiv – Lisbon||3 from 2|
Billund Airport is particularly happy with its new Ukrainian route:
Wizz Air undertakes Ukrainian expansion from Billund
Already serving Billund Airport from eight destinations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Lithuania, Poland and Romania, and soon Austria, Wizz Air, Central and Eastern Europe’s second largest airline, has confirmed that from 2 March 2019 it will add Ukraine to its list of country markets from Denmark’s second busiest airport. The Ultra Low-Cost Carrier (ULCC) will begin a twice-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) service from Kiev Zhulyany, with the airline operating the 1,540-kilometre city pair using its fleet of 180-seat A320s.
“Wizz Air is one of the most-recognised airline brands in Europe, and we are excited about the prospect of the carrier continuing its expansion in the West Denmark market,” says Jan Hessellund, the new CEO of Billund Airport. “With Vienna being added by Wizz Air later this year, I am delighted to add another capital city to our ever-growing destination map. It’s also fantastic news to provide our loyal customers with a new country market next spring, with access to direct services from their home airport.”
The ULCC is already Billund’s sixth largest carrier (in terms of weekly one-way seats) of the 24 airlines currently flying to the airport this summer. In S18, Billund offers direct flights to 29 different country markets. For S19, Wizz Air will offer 19 weekly frequencies from Denmark’s fastest-growing major airport, providing in excess of 3,500 one-way weekly seats to destinations including Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Gdansk, Iasi, Tuzla, Vienna, Vilnius, Warsaw Chopin and the confirmed route to Kiev Zhulyany.