Wizz Air inaugurates base at Kraków Airport

Wizz Air Deputy CEO and Managing Director Stephen Jones (R) and Kraków Airport CEO Radosław Włoszek during the press conference. Łukasz Gągulski/PAP

Hungarian low cost carrier Wizz Air officially inaugurated its base at Kraków Airport in southern Poland on Wednesday. It is the airline's fifth base in Poland, thanks to which Wizz Air will launch 18 new connections this year.

Wizz Air Deputy CEO and Managing Director Stephen Jones underscored during the ceremony that opening the base in Kraków is a milestone event in Wizz Air's development, being the fifth in Poland and 25th in the airline's entire network. He said Poland is a leading market for Wizz Air and plays a great role in its development strategy.

According to Jones, the Hungarian carrier services 11 million passengers a year at Polish airports, of which 750,000 will travel through Kraków once three planes are based there. Kraków Airport President Radosław Włoszek stated that the opening of a new carrier base is one of the most important elements of the airport's dynamic development. "It's an enormous challenge and opportunity for Kraków and the whole of Małopolska (province - PAP)," he declared.

In line with Wizz Air's plans, at the beginning, one Airbus A321 plane will be stationed in Kraków. A second will join it on August 1, six weeks ahead of the original schedule, and a third similar aircraft will join the Kraków fleet in September. The move will allow the launch this year of 18 new connections, from Kraków to: London Luton, Kiev, Nice, Turku, Doncaster, Bari, Billund, Catania, Larnaka, Kharkiv, Oslo, Kutaisi, Rome Fiumicino, Turin, Tel Aviv, Birmingham, Eindhoven and Keflavik.

Kraków airport is Poland's second largest in terms of passenger numbers and the biggest regional airport.