The airline’s traffic and emissions statistics for last month reflect positive signs following the easing of travel restrictions
Wizz Air has revealed that it carried 2,956,000 passengers during July with a load factor of 79%, bringing a 62% increase in passenger numbers from the same time last year.
The airline also announced that its total CO2 emissions for the month had increased by 23.6% over last year’s July figures. However, in the rolling 12 months from July 31, 2020, there had been a decrease of over 43% in CO2 emissions in tonnes.
According to the carrier, “Wizz Air continuously operates amongst the lowest CO2 emissions per passenger/km amongst all competitor airlines, with 72 grams per passenger/km for the rolling 12 months to 31 July 2021. For the month of July, emissions in grams per passenger/km were 20.3% lower compared to same month last year, as we witness an improvement in load factors over same time.”
These reductions may be attributed to the airlines’ increasing use of Airbus A320neo family aircraft with nearly 30 A320/321neo aircraft already in use by the low cost carrier. The aircraft bring a 25% reduction in CO2 emissions and fuel burn when compared to the previous generation A320 family based on revenue passenger kilometres.
During the month, Wizz opened its Rome/Fiumicino base, providing 32 new services from the Italian capital to 19 countries across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East.