Wizz Air made a lot of noise on Tuesday with its announcement that it was opening a base at London Gatwick airport in October.
‘Base’ is potentially taking it a bit far though. Wizz Air is to station a grand total on ONE aircraft, an A321neo, at Gatwick from October. For comparison, Wizz has 11 aircraft based at Luton.
Wizz Air already operates from Gatwick, flying in aircraft from other bases around Europe. Basing an aircraft at Gatwick will allow it to fly to cities which are not existing hubs.
The aircraft is due to fly to:
- Athens (4x weekly)
- Lanazarote (3x weekly)
- Malta (3x weekly)
- Naples (4x weekly)
Wizz is keen to expand further if it can get hold of well-timed take-off and landing slots. It is the only airline which is publicly campaigning against keeping the ‘use it or lose it’ slot rules suspended. Wizz feels that many airlines, naming no names, will never return to Gatwick and should be forced to give up their slots now rather than restrict competition.
The new routes launch in the week of 22nd October.