European low-cost carrier, Wizz Air, is set for a major expansion out of Scotland. Edinburgh is the next city set to receive Wizz Air service from this fall. The carrier is specifically serving markets that it describes as “city break hotspots” in a move to target price-sensitive leisure travelers.
The new routes
In a press release, Wizz Air announced the launch of four new routes out of Edinburgh. The first of the new routes is scheduled to commence on November 1st, 2019. The other three will commence on November 2nd. One-way base fare pricing is starting at £16.99 on select routes.
The four new destinations are to Eastern European cities. These include Gdansk and Warsaw in Poland. Warsaw will be served on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday. Gdansk will see Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday service. Budapest, Hungary will receive thrice-weekly Wizz Air service from Edinburgh on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Finally, Bucharest, Romania, will see Tuesday and Saturday service.
Overall, Scottish travelers will have a daily flight to Poland. Thrice-weekly service to Budapest and twice-weekly service to Romania will also link Edinburgh to more cultural, niche destinations in Europe that should delight both families and student travelers. According to Wizz Air, these new routes will grow 240% in Scotland with a total of 250,000 new seats on sale from Scotland in 2020.
Wizz Air’s operations
Wizz Air, as a low-cost carrier, operates a three-tiered fare structure. For those looking at the cheapest flight option, Wizz Air’s “Basic” ticket allows for a free carry on that fits under the seat in front of the passenger. However, passengers do not get any checked baggage nor free seat selection.
An upgrade to “Wizz Go” adds a 20kg checked bag, priority boarding, and a true rollaboard bag. A more full-fare “Wizz Plus” gives passengers a flexible fare, 32kg checked bag and premium seat selection in addition to the features on “Wizz Go” fares.
Wizz Air offers an onboard snack menu with prices that are not terribly outrageous. Their full catalog is available online. With all-economy seating, Wizz Air crams 180 seats on their A320s and 230 seats on their Airbus A321s.
These seat counts do push the aircraft to their maximum. For travelers who want a little extra relief, Wizz Air does offer some extra legroom seats. These are, of course, available at a charge.
For Scottish travelers, the expansion of a low-cost carrier means cheaper options from a country burdened by hefty air passenger duties. In addition, Eastern European travelers will also benefit from a new destination. Inevitably, should these routes be successful, then this would expand tourism at both ends.
Besides the new routes from Edinburgh, Wizz Air only had limited services from Scotland. This included Aberdeen to Gdansk and Glasgow to Budapest and Katowice. So, based on this, Wizz Air is betting big on Scotland, especially after besting their competitors recently.
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