Wizz Air will cancel the Bucharest - Lisbon and Bucharest - Kutaisi routes
In about 2 months, the aviation will move to the winter season 2018-2019. As is natural in this area, airlines are starting to upload and update their flight schedule for this season. Below are some notable changes made by Wizz Air.
Wizz Air has uploaded the 2018-2019 winter schedule, which brings many notable changes to the calendar. On September 4, following a verification by Cristian, I found that the Bucharest - Cluj route will no longer be operated by Wizz Air after 26 October. The information was confirmed by Wizz Air officials.
In addition to this route, Wizz Air has also dropped out of Bucharest - Lisbon (from October 11th) and Bucharest - Kutaisi (from October 11th). The reasons are easy to understand. The lack of profitability on some routes leads to schedule changes or elimination of them from the system.
Wizz Air is a low cost, privately owned company that will only fly on profitable terms. I don't think there is anyone in this world to run a business and always work on losses. So do Ryanair, Blue Air, easyJet and many other low-cost or full-service airlines.
Wizz gives up Bucharest - Lisbon
For passengers it can be a minus. A lesser competitor on a route may mean price increases on these flights. TAP Air Portugal and Blue Air also operate on the Bucharest - Lisbon route. It is possible that after the October 27, the date of the last Wizz Air flight on the Bucharest - Lisbon route, we will be able to witness slight tariff increases at the 2 companies remaining on the route.
We remind you that Wizz opened the Bucharest - Lisbon route on 22 May 2016. Currently only 2 operates weekly flights, on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Blue Air flies 3 twice a week until October 27, following the winter season to reduce the number of flights to 2 weekly. TAP Air Portugal has daily flights and remains the main airline if you want to travel to Portugal or other destinations in North America, South America via Lisbon.
Wizz Air gives up Bucharest - Kutaisi
Regarding the Bucharest - Kutaisi route, it was inaugurated on July 3, 2018. In just 2 months, Wizz Air made the decision to remove it from the system. There are no other operators on this route, but to Georgia we will have TAROM flights on the Bucharest - Tbilisi route, as far as this route goes, if it goes.
After the wave of new routes, which were announced and launched in the last 2 years, the Romanian market has reached maturity. Airlines already know what routes are going and which are not. I'm starting to make adjustments for profitability. It is not excluded to see other routes removed from the Wizz Air system or timetables modified according to logistical availability. And it is not excluded to see new routes. Anything is possible in a dynamic market such as the aviation industry.