PRESS RELEASE: Wizz Air announces a massive expansion in Cluj-Napoca. 6th aircraft, 7 interesting new routes and Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon

Cluj-Napoca, december 13, 2016: Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe and Romania’s largest airline, announced today its massive expansion in Cluj for 2017. The sixth aircraft is joining the Cluj-Napoca fleet in March 2017, along with the opening of 4 new exciting routes to 4 countries – Stockholm, Bratislava, Larnaca and Malta, as well as the addition of three temporary  services to Baden-Baden and Frankfurt Hahn in Germany and Budapest in Hungary that will be operated from Cluj-Napoca while the runway works and Tirgu Mures airport are ongoing. Proving its commitment to the region, WIZZ is thrilled to support the main international running event in Transylvania, Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon, on 9 April 2017.

 

The sixth aircraft represents an investment of further € 98 million* by WIZZ in Romania, creating 36 additional direct jobs to the current staff of 163 employees in Cluj-Napoca. The popular destinations announced today are bringing new opportunities for our customers to travel to Sweden, Slovakia, Germany, Cyprus and Malta. The new routes are commencing at the end of March 2017 and are already on sale on wizzair.com from just 39 RON**. Along with the newly announced routes Wizz Air also announced increase in frequencies of the most popular flights from Cluj-Napoca to Basel, Barcelona, Nuremberg, Milan Bergamo, Dortmund and London Luton.

 

Along with the new inaugurated routes Wizz Air announces an increase of the frequencies on the most popular flights from Cluj-Napoca to Basel, Barcelona, Nuremberg, Milan Bergamo, Dortmund and London Luton.

 

Demonstrating its dedication to the Cluj-Napoca community and the entire Transylvania region, WIZZ is announcing its first title sponsorship of the biggest running event in Transylvania, Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon, which will be held on 9 April 2017. WIZZ is known for organizing some of the most popular running events in Central and Eastern Europe promoting active lifestyle and mobility. Similar to WIZZ’s mindset of democratizing travel, running is a sport that can be exercised by almost anyone anywhere without major investments needed from individuals. In 2017 the marathon will be held in Cluj-Napoca for the seventh occasion and over 5,200 runners from 25 countries are expected to attend the biggest international marathon in Transylvania which next year will be dressed in WIZZ signature colors.

Over the past decade, since WIZZ opened the Cluj-Napoca base, the airline has continuously invested in its ever-growing networking, offering now 35 routes to 17 countries, including the domestic route to Bucharest. In the past 12 months ending on 30 November 2016 Wizz Air carried more than 1.3 million passengers to and from its Cluj-Napoca base, stimulating the local job market in aviation and tourism sectors and supporting over 950*** jobs in associated industries.

WIZZ’s operations provide affordable access from and to Romania for both business and leisure travelers and stimulate the local job market in aviation and tourism sectors. Over 750 Wizz Air colleagues currently work in Romania, looking forward to welcoming passengers on board of one of the 20 aircraft, including 4 of the ultra-efficient brand new 230-seat Airbus A321.

Demonstrating WIZZ’s dedication to its customers the airline is continuously investing in its Romanian operations. Throughout 2016 WIZZ already announced and is launching 28 new routes connecting Romania with the rest of Europe, while in early 2017 there are another 16 new Romanian routes that were already announced and will be launched. The latest routes announced for WIZZ Romanian customers are from Suceava to Venice Treviso, Bologna and Rome Ciampino and from Craiova to Cologne, Liverpool and Madrid, all commencing in March 2017.

 

WIZZ AIR’S NEWEST ROUTES FROM CLUJ-NAPOCA

 

Destination

Days

Starts

Fares from**

Frankfurt Hahn

Tuesday, Saturday

already operating

RON 39

Stockholm

Monday, Friday

27 March 2017

RON 69

Bratislava

Monday, Friday

10 March 2017

RON 99

Baden - Baden

Wednesday, Sunday

already operating

RON 99

Larnaca

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

28 March2017

RON 99

Malta

Wednesday, Sunday

26 March 2017

RON 99

Budapest

Tuesday, Saturday

already operating

RON 39

 

WIZZ AIR’S INCREASED FREQUENCIES FROM CLUJ NAPOCA

 

Destination

Weekly flights

Basel

3 from 2

Nuremberg

3 from 2

Dortmund

4 from 3

Barcelona

6 from 5

Bergamo

Daily from 6

Lundon Luton

19 from 16

 

 

Speaking at a press conference in Cluj-Napoca, Tamara Vallois, Wizz Air’s Head of Communications, said: ”Today’s announcement further underlines our commitment to Romania and the Transylvania region. The sixth aircraft arriving in March 2017 will bring more opportunities and low fares for our Cluj-Napoca customers and their visitors. Our investment into the Cluj-Napoca base with an additional aircraft, six new routes and increased frequencies on existing routes will further stimulate tourism and hospitality industries and strengthen business relations between the countries. We are also proud to become the title sponsor of the biggest running event in Transylvania and are looking forward to welcoming many local and international runners at the 2017 Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon next year in April. WIZZ believes in mobility and active lifestyle, and we are celebrating our announcement today with a 20% discount on all routes to and from Romania as well as a €20 WIZZ Value Voucher for the starter kits of the marathon participants. We stay dedicated to our Cluj-Napoca customers and continue to create new opportunities for them and their visitors”.

 

Cluj County Council President, Mr. Alin Tișe said: "We are very pleased by the fact that the partnership between Cluj airport and low-cost airline Wizz Air has reached a new level. The allocation of the 6th aircraft and the new destinations are proof of airport infrastructure development efforts and will certainly enhance connectivity county with more cities expected by Cluj inhabitants"

 

General Manager of the Cluj "Avram Iancu" International Airport, Mr. David Ciceo, said in his turn: "Cluj International Airport is experiencing a significant increase in passenger and the allocation of the 6th aircraft of Wizz Air and the launch of new destinations will contribute to the expansion and development of the existing routes, thus leading in 2017 to almost 3 million passengers. "

 

Horace Morar, president Runners Club said: "We are happy to announce the collaboration between Wizz Air and the Association Runners Club through Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon. Thus, for the next three years we aim: to attract a large number of runners from abroad, to grow the reputation of the competition internationally, to promote Cluj-Napoca in communities practicing sport tourism, to complete the record of events in Cluj-Napoca with a world class sporting event. "

 

About Wizz Air

 

Wizz Air is the largest low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, which operates a fleet of 74 Airbus A320 and A321, and offers more than 450 routes from 26 bases, which ensures the connection between 130 destinations in 38 countries. At Wizz Air a team of over 2,800 aviation professionals deliver superior service and very low prices, which makes Wizz Air the preferred choice of 20 million passengers in the financial year ending at March 31, 2016. Wizz Air is listed on London Stock Exchange with Wizz abbreviation and is included in the FTSE 250 and FTSE index calculation All-Shares. Wizz Air is a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), global reference company in terms of safety recognition airlines. Wizz Air was recently elected "Value Airline of the Year 2016" by the editors of Air Transport World, one of the most important magazines of aviation and "Low Cost Airline of the Year" by the Centre for Aviation (CAPA), leading provider of information and analysis about the industry.

 

Tamara Vallois, Wizz Air Group, +3617779324

Daniel Amzăr, Free Communication, +40 752 111 728

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Notes for editors:

 

• All flights are operated with Airbus A320, with 180 seats, and Airbus A321 with 230 seats

• The new Airbus A321 began to be delivered starting November 2015

• For pictures of aircraft, crew and logos please visit wizzair.com/ro-RO/press

 * * http://www.airbus.com/presscentre/pressreleases/press-release-detail/detail/new-airbus-aircraft-list-prices-for-2016/

** Price before discount, for a single segment with all mandatory taxes included

*** According to ACI (Airports Council International) every 1 million passengers in a year facilitates 750 jobs in region