Wizz Warns of Capacity Growth Freeze

The European low-cost carrier says travel restrictions imposed around its network could force a slow-down in its anticipated capacity ramp-up 

Hungary-based low-cost airline Wizz Air is no longer expecting a further increase in capacity following the implementation of travel restrictions across its network. 

The carrier now expects its second-quarter capacity to be at roughly 60% of 2019 levels while its third-quarter capability is now projected to remain at the same level, as opposed to 80% as previously anticipated. 

Wizz Air A320
The operator holds a fleet of 129 aircraft comprising 76 A320 and 53 A321 examples. Aviation Image Network/Simon Gregory

Wizz Air has been one of the most aggressive carriers in resuming its flying schedule, attempting to ramp-up faster than most other airlines while also announcing new bases and routes across Europe in recent weeks. 

In a statement, the firm said: “Further capacity reductions remain a possibility and as a result, Wizz Air may park parts of its fleet throughout the winter season to protect its cash balance. The Company remains focused on safeguarding its strong balance sheet and excellent liquidity position.” 

Last month, the carrier unveiled Doncaster Sheffield Airport as the location for its second UK base. The following week it announced it would base an aircraft at London/Gatwick and offer flights to Greece, Italy, Spain, and Malta. 

Wizz Air is not the only carrier to scale back its anticipated capacity increases. In August, Ryanair revealed it would reduce its number of planned services by 20% while easyJet confirmed cutbacks at three of its UK hubs – closing its London/Southend base altogether