British Airways’ Arm Adds New Routes from Gatwick; Wizz Air Doubles Passengers Traffic

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British Airways’ European short-haul subsidiary from BA Euroflyer intends to add new summer routes to Greece, France, and Austria from Gatwick Airport, British Airways said in a press release Wednesday.

BA Euroflyer will fly to the French city of Montpellier three times a week starting May 27. From May 30, it will add three flights per week to the Greek island of Corfu, while the service to Mykonos will be available once a week from June 10, according to the release.

British Airways’ arm adds new routes from Gatwick; Wizz Air doubles passengers traffic
British Airways’ arm adds new routes from Gatwick; Wizz Air doubles passengers traffic

In addition, the airline will start flying to Saltzburg, Austria, three times a week from March 28. BA Euroflyer will also add eight weekly flights to the Austrian ski resort Innsbruck to complement the current six times weekly flights from Heathrow Airport.

“These additional routes are to a broad range of destinations that will suit all travelers, from beach lovers and skiers to explorers and adventurers. So we have something for everyone departing from London Gatwick,” Tom Stoddart, acting CEO of BA Euroflyer, said.

British Airways established the stand-alone airline BA Euroflyer in March in a bid to boost its short-haul performance at Gatwick Airport while remaining cost-effective. However, unlike BA Cityflyer, BA Euroflyer retains the flag carrier’s branding and customer service standards.

In December, the UK Civil Aviation Authority granted BA Euroflyer an Air Operator’s Certificate and operating licenses. British Airways is set to transfer ten Airbus A320s and nine A321s to the younger airline to boost its operational capacity. It currently offers 40 routes, including some seasonal routes to Amsterdam, Geneva, and Santorini.

BA Euroflyer’s network also grants benefits to British Airways Executive Club Members. In addition, Club Europe travelers can access British Airways’ lounge at Gatwick.

Separately, the European low-cost airline Wizz Air doubled its passenger traffic to 45.6 million in 2022, it said in a filing on Tuesday. In 2021, Wizz Air carried only 21.7 million due to the coronavirus restrictions, while in 2019, it had 39.8 million passengers.

The Hungary-based airline also intends to add aircraft to its regional spots across Europe, including Rome, Vienna, Warsaw, Tirana, and Belgrade. Furthermore, Wizz Air has also opened a new unit in Romania.

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi intends to start operations to Madinah in Saudi Arabia on February 14 with daily flights, Business Traveller reported, Khalil Lamrabet, CEO of the Air Connectivity Program.

“We look forward to exploring more routes as we work to build market supply for the Kingdom’s burgeoning tourism sector,” Lamrabet said.

The new route is part of the recent memorandum of understanding Wizz Air signed with Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Investment to support Riyadh’s Vision 2030 program to triple the Kingdom’s passenger traffic by 2030.

Per the agreement, Wizz Air will add new routes to connect Milan and Jeddah and Rome and Riyadh. It will also start a new service from Vienna to Jeddah and Riyadh, it said. In addition, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi recently added a new Airbus A321neo aircraft to its fleet.

However, the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority has recently criticized Wizz Air for the heavy number of complaints and delays in compensating passengers.

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