Wizz Air is expanding its base in Budapest

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Wizz Air, the largest low-cost, low-fare airline in Romania and Central and Eastern Europe today announced that it will add a new Airbus A320 aircraft to its Budapest base. It is estimated that passenger traffic will increase by 20%, up to 2.2 million passengers in 2013. The 7 aircraft will begin operations on 13 in March and will increase Wizz Air's investments in the Hungarian fleet to $ 1 billion, thus creating over 2013 jobs in travel and aviation.

Due to increased passenger traffic by 30% in 2012, Wizz Air has announced increased frequencies for six routes to Dortmund, Eindhoven, Kiev, Larnaca, Malaga and Naples and will re-introduce the seasonal summer route to Thessaloniki (Greece). In total, during the summer, the company will operate 30 of routes and 155 of weekly flights from Budapest.

The new summer route
Weekly flights Rates starting from
Thessaloniki 2 29 EUR
Increased frequencies
  Weekly flights
Dortmund 4 7 from the
Eindhoven from 11 to 14
Kiev from 4 to 7
Larnaca from 3 to 4
Malaga from 2 to 3
Naples from 2 to 3

As of this date, Wizz Air is offering two new services at Budapest Airport to increase passenger comfort. The Security Fast Track service has been introduced to allow passengers to bypass the queues at the security checkpoint for just EUR 4, a free service for passengers who purchase Wizz Premium and Wizz Premium Plus services on wizzair.com. For just EUR 20, Wizz Air offers Budapest passengers access to the SkyCourt Business Lounge where they can enjoy free WiFi and catering while waiting for the flight to depart. These new services can be purchased through the Wizz Air call center or from the ticket office at Budapest Airport.

Starting December 21, Wizz Air will move flights from Budapest to Warsaw from Modlin Airport to Warsaw's main airport, Chopin. Modlin Airport faced a number of operational difficulties, and as a result flights were diverted or canceled. With this move, Wizz Air wants to minimize the disruptions caused to business people, the main customers of this route.

I think this decision was made afterwards Ryanair has announced it will reduce its base activity in Budapest by 40%!

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