Wizz Air, an ultra-low-cost carrier, has announced that it will overtake Easyjet as the largest carrier of Luton airport once the six new routes of the airline come into force from starting next summer.
Wizz Air UK is a subsidiary that is set up as a Brexit contingency plan. It will bring in two new Airbus A321CEO aircraft starting next summer, along with six new routes.
The announcement was released as Wizz Air welcomed 40 million passengers on its services in Luton since May 2004.
The six new routes will be serving Thessaloniki, Bergen, Porto, Turku, Oslo, and Catania. The latter two routes is set to come into force in mid-September 2019.
Wizz Air said that the seat prices will start from approximately £25.
The Hungarian airline said that it was recruiting new crew members to serve on the new aircraft.
Owain Jones, the managing director of Wizz Air UK, stated: “We are proud to have reached the major milestone of 40 million passengers on our London Luton routes and we would like to thank our loyal customers for continuing to choose Wizz Air for its low fares, unique destinations and great service onboard our young and ultra-efficient fleet. 2018 has been a significant year for the airline, with the establishment of Wizz Air UK and the rapid expansion of the UK route network, which we continue to develop to offer our customers diverse and unforgettable travel experiences.”
Last November, the budget carrier downgraded its full-year profit guidance by 21 percent because of a surge in fuel bills that amounted to $80 million (£70 million). The previous profit guidance of Wizz Air was around of €310 mullion to €340 million, however, the airline is now expecteding to make between €270 million to €300 million.
Last week, Luton Airport launched its upgraded terminal after its three-year £160 million redevelopment programme drew to a close.
The redevelopment will enable the airport to raise its annual capacity by 50 percent to 18 million passengers by 2020. The passenger numbers have already rose by 35 percent since work started in 2015, making Luton the fastest growing airport of London.