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Wizz Air announces 14 new Gatwick routes to compete with BA Euroflyer – but what’s it like?

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Over the Christmas break, Wizz Air announced plans for a substantial expansion at London Gatwick airport in Summer 2022.

This expansion is driven by the acquisition of 15 daily slot pairs from Norwegian Air Shuttle.

The additional slots will allow Wizz Air to base an additional four A321neo aircraft at Gatwick next Summer, giving it a total of five Gatwick-based aircraft. Gatwick will also be served by Wizz Air aircraft flying in from other bases.

Wizz Air expands at Gatwick

Where will Wizz Air fly?

Wizz Air has announced the following new routes at London Gatwick. Flights will start in March 2022 although the exact date varies by route:

  • Bari
  • Catania
  • Chania
  • Faro
  • Funchal
  • Larnaca
  • Milan
  • Mykonos
  • Naples
  • Palma
  • Podgorica (Montenegro)
  • Rome
  • Tel Aviv
  • Vienna
Wizz Air expands at London Gatwick

Most of the existing Wizz Air routes from Gatwick:

  • Athens
  • Bucharest
  • Budapest
  • Fuerteventura
  • Gdansk
  • Krakow
  • Lanzarote
  • Malaga
  • Malta
  • Sofia
  • Tenerife

…. will also continue. The airline talks of having 22 routes next Summer and, as you can see, there are 25 listed above. It looks like three of the existing routes will be dropped.

Where is the new BA Euroflyer airline flying from Gatwick?

As we covered here, the first batch of BA Euroflyer routes are now on sale for Summer 2022.

Here are the 35 routes together with the launch date. As you will see, there is overlap with Wizz Air:

  • Alicante – 1st April
  • Antalya – 2nd April
  • Amsterdam – 29th March
  • Athens – 4th May
  • Bari – 3rd April
  • Berlin – 8th April
  • Bordeaux – 15th April
  • Cagliari – 17th April
  • Catania – 31st March
  • Dalaman – 23rd April
  • Dubrovnik – 4th April
  • Faro – 30th March
  • Heraklion – 24th April
  • Ibiza – 5th April
  • Kos – 24th April
  • Lanzarote – 30th March
  • Larnaca – 29th March
  • Las Palmas – 2nd April
  • Madrid – 14th April
  • Mahon – 11th April
  • Malaga – 31st March
  • Malta – 30th March
  • Marrakech – 31st March
  • Milan – 15th April
  • Nice – 31st March
  • Palma – 7th April
  • Paphos – 29th March
  • Rhodes – 28th April
  • Santorini – 15th April
  • Seville – 29th March
  • Tenerife – 29th March
  • Thessaloniki – 14th April
  • Turin – 4th April
  • Venice – 8th April
  • Verona – 29th March

What is Wizz Air like?

Wizz Air launched flights from London Gatwick in October 2020. Since this was at the height on the pandemic, it is very likely that the airline has not been on the radar of our London based readers (or at least those who are unwilling to travel to Luton, where Wizz Air is now the largest airline).

As you read this, however, Rhys will be somewhere in Europe, having flown down on a £1.79 (NOT a typo) flight from London Luton yesterday.

What do you get for £1.79? You’ll find out next week on HfP.

Comments (59)

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  • Tony Johnson says:

    When are Wizz Air going to fly to Brno from Gatwick 🤔

  • Lady London says:

    I can’t wait to see Rhys’s travel report nexr week on “How Bad is it to Fly Wizzair?”. They have routes I’m highly interested in.

    • Bob says:

      Me too!!

      “What do you get for £1.79?”
      Yes we want to know and understand what we can claim if the service is not at the level it shoul be.

      🙂

      That will be interesting.

  • Richie says:

    Do they fly near to those fairy tale castles in Transylvania?

    • the_real_a says:

      Very easy and comfy bus to Brasov from Bucharest – only 3 hours.

      • Lady London says:

        I’ll bring my pet bat

      • Richie says:

        There’s a train to near the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang castle, sounds a bit easier.

      • Dan says:

        The train from Bucharest to Brasov only takes around 2h and costs £8 on the day. You can also take the train from the airport to Bucharest, it takes around 20 mins and costs around 70p

    • Londonsteve says:

      Wizz flies to about 10 different airports in Romania from London. I’m pretty sure you can get nearer to Transylvania than having to go first to Bucharest, unless you expressly wanted to visit the capital and then enjoy a cross country rail journey to see more of the country. Romania has a very comprehensive train network and fares are rock bottom.

  • James says:

    3 of those Wizzair destinations are Category C airfields requiring specialist training due to the increased risk… there is no way you would catch me on one of those £1.79 flights when they can’t even get their mass/balance and speeds correct out of Luton https://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/232849

    • marcw says:

      sure,,, sure… as if other airlines don’t do mistakes.

    • Londonsteve says:

      Your loss. You’ll be in a spot of bother when they’ve taken over Easyjet lock, stock and landing slots. The welcoming embrace of Ryanair awaits.

  • lumma says:

    Wizzair’s biggest problem is it’s got vueling levels of legroom. Always feel crippled after getting off their flights

    • ChrisBCN says:

      You know Vueling on the first 4 rows has several inches more legroom than BA club europe, right?

  • Michael AC says:

    For family reasons we’re all members of the Wizzair Club. With the front seats it’s not a bad experience. The on board food and drink is quite nice, and last time I tried it it was ridiculously cheap! I think a glass of wine was €3. Other than having to go to Luton I’ve had no complaints!

  • Pulea Spătaru says:

    Wizzair open 5-6 new routes to Italy, when UK is full of romanians..
    It was nice for me to go Gatwick – Bacau.

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