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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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  • WaynedP says:

    Interesting, thanks.

    Still no direct flights scheduled between London and Genoa, HQ of our preferred cruise line MSC.

    Seems I’ll be consulting seat61 for options from Genoa to Milan, Florence, Bologna or Nice later this year to avoid FR and STN.

    • Chris L says:

      Best bet is probably fly to LIN, quick taxi to Milano Centrale station, then one of the fast IC (‘Intercity’) or even faster Frecciabianca trains to Genoa is about 1h 30m. Trains are roughly hourly. Have a look at the Trenitalia website (you can set it to English).

      • Chris L says:

        Or actually, if the timings work, you can get trains from Milano Rogoredo station which is closer to Linate.

        • WaynedP says:

          Thanks ChrisL. I’ll look forward to the adventure-like feel of investigating all the options closer to the time. Hopefully Covid disruption currently being reported will be a thing of the past by then too. Fingers crossed.

      • yorkieflyer says:

        FR starting Genoa from MAN, Ryanair are fine, Manchester airport less so……….

        • WaynedP says:

          Thanks yf. While I acknowledge that FR meets some type of travellers’ needs perfectly adequately, I am no longer in that demographic, and will do all I can on principle to avoid endorsing what I consider to be o’Leary’s lack of ethics.

          • Erico1875 says:

            You are just hurting yourself though. Planes,trains and buses to do what Ryanair can do direct.

          • yorkieflyer says:

            all sorts of folk fly Ryanair these days according to my butler

          • WaynedP says:

            @yf, greetings to your butler, 😆 but it’s not a class thing rather a demographic: young, no children, cash-strapped but adventurous enough to be willing to travel hand baggage only and wait for an hour for a cheap coach to travel from airport to city centre. I know some great people who fit the bill and I can’t fault their choice to stick with FR, but just not me.

            @Erico, currently the pain is blissfully bearable, thanks.

  • Chris says:

    Not been any Gdańsk flights for a while, the Wizz app offers 23 routes from Gatwick.

    • Maja S says:

      I have seen news about Wizzair axing a lot of Gatwick routes including Gdansk. Have you got any news on that?

    • Michael Jennings says:

      Yeah, they have dropped Gdansk. Which is a shame, as I fly there a couple of times a year and Gatwick is my preferred airport.

  • LewisB says:

    WizzAir finally launching in Cardiff in April

  • sam says:

    overnight short haul flights to mykonos!!

    • Richie says:

      ….and Chania.

    • Lady London says:

      Yes, the very interesting fact about Gatwick for airlines is that it has no curfews. So they can fly 24hrs round the clock.

      Which might make the same kind of economics as the old holiday tour operators used to have the advantage of by having arrival and departure of loaded flights in high season around the clock. Thus making much better use of the fixed costs of running an aircraft at those particular times of the year.

  • marcw says:

    Wizzair is like all other ULCC. If you stick to the rules, fantastic. If you attempt to bend the rules, expect not to succeed.

    • Alex Sm says:

      It’s a rule of thumb for life in general, is it not?

    • yorkieflyer says:

      FR are on a role re being nice to the self loading cargo ever since the boss discovered being nice to pax paid off, in my view.
      At Alicante on Monday waiting for our late(as ever) Easyjet flight and at the next gate a Ryanair flight was closing, only latecomers arriving when a family turned up with mid size suitcases at the gate, outbound ex UK checked baggage tags still attached, I’m guessing they were too late for baggage check in.
      So opened the virtual popcorn to watch proceedings……
      After a phone call they were boarded with bags tagged for gate check of hold luggage without any further payment.

      • Lady London says:

        Yes at the airport I fly from most there are 2 identical flights leaving within 10 mins of each other 1 Ryanair 1 Easyjet in the evening.

        It feels like all the time the Easyjet flight runs almost exactly 1 hour later than scheduled. I’ve reached the conclusion that Easyjet has in fact always rostered it so its true departure time will be 1 hour later. Just they know perfectly well no one would book that flight if they sold it at its true departure time as it lands after all reasonable options for public transport from Gatwick have stopped for the night.

      • marcw says:

        If you are above hand luggage limits, it’s always wise to board just before boarding closes. Staff is unlikely to raise issues as they just want to close the flight.

  • AK says:

    Wizzair operates from Gatwick for much longer than October 2020. Routes like Gdansk have been suspended during the pandemic and no return of Gdansk to Gatwick in sight.

    • Rob says:

      True. Wizz flew in from somewhere else – it was October when they set up a UK base at Gatwick.

  • Bagoly says:

    On the A321 their seatmaps are accurate – seats aroudn the emergency exist do vary – they are some with nothing in the row in front, and there is some variation between left and right sides.

  • John T says:

    I prefer Wizz to Ryanair because unlike Ryanair, I don’t find Wizz staff to be actively unpleasant.

    • yorkieflyer says:

      I take people as I find them, treat folk with courtesy and its usually reciprocated, with noticeable exceptions, looking at you Manchester airport! Most customer facing staff, especially in travel, have had a very rough time of it these past two years. FR staff are in the main perfectly pleasant in my opinion.

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