Low-cost air carrier Wizz Air has announced a 31 percent increase in passengers in the first five months of 2010 on the same period of last year.
The company registered 736,000 passengers in the period compared to 562,000 in 2009. The increase consolidated the airline’s leading position on the local low-cost segment with a 46 percent market share in June.
“We are on schedule to surpass the 2 million passenger target this year. The 31 percent increase was mainly generated by the greater flight capacity from Cluj-Napoca and Bucharest and subsequently by new routes and higher flight frequency for all our three bases, including Timisoara. Bucharest will continue to make up 50 percent of our operations from the number of passengers point of view,” said Gyorgy Abran, commercial director of Wizz Air.
This summer the airline will add two more new A320 planes to its six-aircraft fleet, thus creating 70 new jobs.
The first aircraft has been operational from Cluj-Napoca airport since June 12 and the second will fly from Bucharest from June 26. The no-frills carrier will also operate new routes to European destinations from this summer.