Wizz Air unveils second UK base

Low-cost carrier chooses Doncaster Sheffield Airport and says it will allocate one Airbus A320 aircraft 

Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air has announced the location of the second base for its Wizz Air UK subsidiary, the group’s British-registered and based carrier. 

The airline plans open a second facility alongside London Luton in the north of England at Doncaster Sheffield Airport. The carrier expects to allocate one Airbus A320 aircraft to the Yorkshire gateway and will launch seven new routes to add to its existing network of 10 destinations from the site. 

Wizz Air has been operating at Doncaster/Sheffield for the past 14 years. DSA

The creation of a base at the airport comes 14 years after the Hungarian carrier operated its first flight from the facility. Since then it has grown to become the gateway’s largest airline, carrying over one million passengers each year to central and eastern Europe. 

Owain Jones, managing director of Wizz Air UK said: “The creation of our second base in the UK is a major milestone for Wizz Air UK, and a testament to both our long term commitment to serving the UK market and the strength of the Wizz Air business model, as we continue to expand our footprint during this challenging time for the industry.”

Wizz Air A320
The carrier will base a single Airbus A320 at the airport. Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory

The new base is expected to increase the annual capacity of Doncaster Sheffield by 150,000 seats. The airline also says it will see the creation of 36 direct jobs and 110 indirect roles in the area. 

Wizz Air will launch new connections to destinations including the Spanish cities of Alicante and Malaga, Larnaca in Cyprus, Faro in Portugal, Lublin in Poland, Kosice in Slovakia and Suceava in Romania. 

With the allocation of this aircraft, the low-cost carrier now has 11 jets permanently based in the country.