Cluj-Napoca, 10 March 2017: Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe and Romania’s largest airline, celebrated today seven million passengers carried on its low-fare routes from Cluj-Napoca. WIZZ’s lucky 7 millionth passenger was travelling on the first flight from Bratislava to Cluj and was greeted upon arrival with a WIZZ return ticket.
In 2017, Wizz Air is offering over 1.9 million seats on sale on Cluj routes with fares from only RON 39,99*. Along with the new routes to Bratislava, Malta, Stockholm and Larnaca, starting in March, Wizz Air is offering now 35 destinations to 17 countries from Cluj. Over the past decade, since WIZZ started to operate from Cluj-Napoca, the airline has continuously invested in its ever-growing network, bringing more travel opportunities and providing the lowest fares possible for its customers.
The six-aircraft base in Cluj-Napoca represents an investment of $ 588 million**, with almost 200 local WIZZ staff. In 2016, over 1.3 million passengers have enjoyed WIZZ’s low fares, easy booking system and excellent on-board service, to and from Cluj, supporting over 1,000 local jobs*** in aviation and tourism industry. Furthermore, WIZZ’s commitment to the Transylvania region is shown by its involvement in promoting an active lifestyle and mobility at the biggest international marathon in Transylvania, Wizz Air Cluj-Napoca Marathon that will be held on 9 April for the seventh occasion, but for the first time in WIZZ signature colors. Over 5,500 runners from 19 countries are expected to attend.
Already the largest airline in Romania, Wizz Air is offering now 133 routes to 20 countries across Europe from 10 Romanian airports. For 2017, 14 new routes to nine countries have been already announced in Romania, such as the popular destinations of Venice Treviso, Bologna and Rome from Suceava and to Cologne, Liverpool and Madrid from Craiova, all commencing in March. Over 730 Wizz Air colleagues currently work in Romania, looking forward to welcoming passengers on board of one of the 20 aircraft, including 5 of the ultra-efficient brand new 230-seater Airbus A321.
Speaking at a press conference in Cluj-Napoca, Sorina Ratz, Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: ”Today we are celebrating 7 million passengers carried on WIZZ low-fare network from Cluj-Napoca, an important milestone of more than a decade of successful operations at Avram Iancu International Airport. As the hometown airline of Cluj-Napoca, Wizz Air is always looking to expand its network and provide truly affordable travel opportunities paired with excellent on-board service to even more customers. Today, we have launched the first flight to Bratislava from Cluj, and three more long-awaited routes will start later this month to Malta, Larnaca and Stockholm. Our dedicated crew is looking forward to welcoming new and existing passengers on board of our fleet to any of the 35 destinations available from Cluj-Napoca!”
Cluj County Council President, Mr. Alin Tișe said in its turn: "Celebrating Wizz Air 7 million passengers at Cluj-Napoca is a significant milestone, not only for the airline and the airport, but also for Cluj County. These passengers are visitors to the region, business people, who contribute directly to the prosperity and development of the area. The new flight to Bratislava which was inaugurated today, but also the other new routes announced will bring new challenges and economic opportunities for the county. I wish to Wizz Air many destinations and passengers from Cluj International Airport! "
Cluj "Avram Iancu"International Airport, Managing Director, Mr. David Ciceo stated on this occasion: "The beginning of 2017 brought spectacular traffic increases for the airport, creating the premises of a passenger traffic record that we anticipate in the summer season. March begins with the anniversary of Wizz Air 7 million passengers carried on the routes operated from the airport and also with the opening of the new destination, Bratislava. The role of the airport it is particularly important, both at regional and national level, and through our efforts we’ll continue to offer more travel options to our passengers."
About Wizz Air
Wizz Air is the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, operates a fleet of 77 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft, and offers more than 500 routes from 28 bases, connecting 138 destinations across 40 countries. At Wizz Air, a team of approximately 3,000 aviation professionals delivers superior service and very low ticket prices making Wizz Air the preferred choice of 23 million passengers in 2016. Wizz Air is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker WIZZ and is included in the FTSE 250 and FTSE All-Share Indices. Wizz Air is registered under the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), the global benchmark in airline safety recognition. The company was recently named 2016 Value Airline of the Year by the editors of Air Transport World, one of the leading airline trade magazines, as well as 2016 Low Cost Airline of the Year by the Center for Aviation (CAPA), a leading provider of independent aviation market intelligence.
* One way including all taxes and non-optional charges
*** ACI suggests creation of 750 on-site jobs for every 1 million carried passengers per year
For more information:
Sorina Ratz; Wizz Air Group; email@example.com
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