Wizz Air Launches 9 New London Routes After €453 Million Loss

Wizz Air UK is expanding its services out of London by starting several new flights (both seasonal and year-round) in the coming months. The budget carrier has continued to grow its network, carrying more passengers despite posting a loss in the last quarter. Even as it stares at high operational costs in the current aviation climate, Wizz Air remains committed to marching ahead with new routes.

9 new routes out of London

Wizz Air UK will add 9 routes from London Luton and Gatwick Airport, offering passengers more options to travel to several more destinations in Europe and beyond. Sticking to its low-cost strategy, all-inclusive one-way fares on these flights start from £20.99.

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The destinations on offer are Tallin, Estonia; Hurghada, Egypt; Prague, Czech Republic; Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt; Agadir, Morocco; Marrakesh, Morocco; Grenoble, France; and Verona, Italy.

The budget carrier is launching 9 new routes out of London Luton and Gatwick. Photo: Airbus

Four of these routes will be from Luton and the remaining five from Gatwick. Marion Geoffroy, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, commented,

“We are very excited to announce the addition of nine new routes from our bases at London Luton Airport and Gatwick Airport. Despite the challenges the UK aviation industry has faced this summer season, we remain committed to the market and are pleased to be able to offer passengers the chance to discover even more fascinating destinations such as Tallin and Hurghada, and revisit holiday hotspots like Sharm El Sheikh.”

Schedule

A mixture of year-round and seasonal routes, flights will launch from October 2022 onwards as per the following schedule:

Route Starts Frequency
London Luton – Tallinn November 1st Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
London Luton – Prague October 30th Daily
London Luton – Sharm El Sheikh (seasonal – winter only) October 31st Monday, Friday
London Luton – Hurghada (seasonal – winter only) November 1st Tuesday, Saturday
Gatwick Airport – Agadir October 30th Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
Gatwick Airport – Marrakesh October 30th Daily
Gatwick Airport – Sharm El Sheikh (seasonal – winter only) November 1st Tuesday, Saturday
Gatwick Airport – Verona Villafranca December 13th Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday
Gatwick Airport – Grenoble Alpes Isère (seasonal – winter only) December 17th Saturday

The airline has expanded its network out of the UK steadily over the years. Photo: Airbus

UK growth

Wizz has consistently expanded across the continent since its maiden flight in 2004, opening subsidiaries in both the UK and Abu Dhabi. London, in particular, has received much attention from the airline over the years, with Luton serving as its base since 2017.

The airline also expanded operations out of Gatwick with the launch of 18 new routes earlier this year, and the latest five routes out of the airport are part of its larger growth story.

Wizz Air has been expanding and diversifying its network out of the UK and operating more than 60 routes from all across the nation.

Recent figures

The latest announcement comes hot on the heels of the carrier announcing its results of the last quarter, reporting an overall loss of €452.5 million ($462.2 million). This came despite Wizz Air registering an impressive passenger growth this year.

The airline carried almost 12.2 million passengers in the April-June quarter, more than 312% of the same period last year. With just under 14.4 million seats available, it enjoyed an impressive load factor of 84.7%.

Wizz Air recently announced the results of the previous quarter, posting a loss of €452.5 million. Photo: Airbus

But a number of factors, such as the high fuel prices, lingering COVID restrictions, and current operational challenges in Europe impacted the overall numbers.

However, the airline is hopeful to turn a profit in the future, adding that its attempt to re-establish a proven pre-pandemic operating model is starting to show results, hopefully converting into higher revenues in the coming months.

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