Wizz Air is set to withdraw from Frankfurt Airport from April onwards. The news was broken earlier today by Airliners.de. The low-cost Ryanair challenger first began flying to Frankfurt in 2017.
Frankfurt Airport is seen as the heart of Germany’s aviation industry. In fact, more recently it has seen an increase in low-cost carriers with Wizz, and even Ryanair commencing flights to the airport. However, Wizz is now planning to remove its services to Frankfurt from April 30th, with the Sofia route ending on the 27th of March.
First launched in May 2017
Wizz Air first launched services to Frankfurt in May of 2017, just under three years ago. The first two routes saw the airline flying from Sofia, as well as its Hungarian home in Budapest. Additionally, a flight from Kyiv was later launched to Frankfurt by the low-cost carrier. In case you’re wondering what the flight from Frankfurt to Budapest is like, you can read our review of it here.
According to Airliners.de, Wizz is pulling out of the airport because discounts that the airline receives at the airport are expiring. Frankfurt Airport had reportedly been offering the carrier three years of discounts on fees to grow services to the airport.
However, it seems as though this plan has slightly backfired, as Wizz will be leaving now that the discount scheme is ending. According to an FVW article from 2016, a scheme that would offer three years of reduced fees was approved despite larger carriers such as Lufthansa protesting that it was unfair.
Wizz Air currently operates three services to Frankfurt. All three will have ended by the time May rolls around. These are:
- Kyiv – Four days per week in February and March, and daily from the 29th of March until it ends on the 30th of April.
- Sofia – Five days per week until the route ends on the 27th of March.
- Budapest – Up to twice daily until the route ends on the 30th of April.
However, while it is sad that the German aviation capital will no longer be graced by the purple livery of Wizz, destinations will not be cut off from any destinations. Lufthansa has multiple daily frequencies to each of the destinations. Additionally, some other local carriers also offer flights to Frankfurt on the affected routes.
A Wizz spokesperson told Simple Flying: “Wizz Air continuously monitors the performance of and the demand for its routes to allow for the most popular destinations to have the lowest possible fares. The airline’s route network was optimized in line with current demand while the capacity will be utilized on other routes in the network.”
They went on to add: “The Frankfurt Main (FRA airport) routes will not be operated as of the 2020 summer season onwards. Passengers with bookings affected by this change are automatically accommodated on an alternative route at the earliest possible date.“
Simple Flying has contacted Wizz Air directly for further comment.
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