7.4% of Wizz Air flights were canceled between April and October 2022
According to data provided by Eurocontrol, around 7.4% of scheduled Wizz Air flights did not fly between April and October, second only to cancellations at SAS, which has been hit by pilot strikes. Most of these were canceled due to staff shortages and other airline issues, and affected passengers may be eligible for compensation of up to 600 euros.
Percentage-wise, it doesn't seem like much, but it's worth noting that Wizz Air has more than 850 daily flights, which means that dozens of flights at European level were affected every day. The day with the record number of Wizz Air flights was September 5, 2022, with 859 flights operated. At the same time, between June and August, Wizz Air transported 12.9 million passengers.
"Wizz Air posted strong results in the second quarter of the fiscal year after a difficult first quarter from an operational perspective”, said Executive Director József Váradi on November 2, 2022.
"Our operational performance has normalized and we are now back in line with our historical levels of flight cancellations and disruptionsVaradi added.
Wizz Air managed to return to an operational level compared to 2019, even growing in the second half of the fiscal year. In 2022, Wizz Air has focused more on Eastern Europe, especially Romania, and expects a 35% more increase in capacity in the second half of its financial year.
As part of its expansion strategy, Wizz Air recently announced plans for the Gulf region, including a deal to launch a range of new routes to and from Saudi Arabia.
Regarding the fleet, Wizz Air expects to take delivery of 14 A321neo aircraft, while nine A320ceo aircraft will leave the fleet once the leasing contracts are concluded. By the end of the decade, Wizz Air wants a fleet of 500 aircraft, currently only 172 aircraft.