Budapest-based Wizz Air has been awarded Best Low-Cost Airline – Europe 2020 by AirlineRatings.com the world’s only safety and product rating website.
The site's Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas congratulated Wizz Air on the award, saying “Wizz Air been a major part of the economic life of Hungary since it was formed in 2003 and it is flying further and further afield. The airline has a huge fleet of Airbus aircraft and operationally is now up there with the very best.”
Stephen Jones, Executive Vice president and Deputy CEO of Wizz Air said: “We are delighted to be receiving this prestigious award by AirlineRatings. “It once again underlines Wizz Air’s commitment to its customers by continuously investing in customer experience, offering the lowest possible fares and an ever-growing network of affordable travel opportunities.”
Three of the airline's A320s at Budapest
Wizz Air is one of Europe's fastest growing airlines and the leading low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe. The airline was conceived in June 2003 when six people with a wide range of airline expertise and successful track records teamed up with József Váradi, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer. In just three months, Wizz Air was a registered company ready to fly and the first flight took off on the 19th of May 2004 from Katowice. Today Wizz Air offers over 600 routes from 25 bases across Europe:
Vienna in Austria;
Tuzla in Bosnia and Herzegovina;
Sofia and Varna in Bulgaria;
Kutaisi in Georgia;
Budapest and Debrecen in Hungary;
Riga in Latvia;
Vilnius in Lithuania;
Skopje in North Macedonia;
Chisinau in Moldova;
Katowice, Warsaw, Gdansk, Poznan and Wroclaw in Poland;
Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca, Craiova, Iasi, Sibiu and Timisoara in Romania;
Belgrade in Serbia;
London Luton in United Kingdom;
Kyiv in Ukraine.
The airline pulled off a colourful and well-viewed PR exercise with a fly-by over the River Danube through the centre of Budapest
After a decade of solid growth, becoming Central and Eastern Europe’s largest low-cost airline, Wizz Air successfully completed an initial public offering on the 25th of February 2015, and was admitted to the London Stock Exchange. The company is now listed on the LSE under the ticker WIZZ and employs more than 3,000 people.
On its 11th anniversary in May 2015, WIZZ announced a full brand rejuvenation and new aircraft livery to respond to maturing traveller requirements, unveiling a more vibrant, fresh, sophisticated look and feel. The airline also introduced seat allocation, priority boarding and an enhanced fare system and was named 2016 Value Airline of the Year by Air Transport World, a leading industry magazine.
Wizzair's Airbus A320 and 321s are seen across Europe
Wizz Air is a value-oriented airline focusing on innovation all along the way of the customer journey. The latest technology is deployed to ensure that the Wizz Air experience is outstanding both in terms of service and value for money. The carriers offers a simple service model: ticketless travel, cost and time efficient secondary airports, single class all-leather seat configuration and catering on demand for an additional cost.
The airline’s aircraft are maintained by some of the most reputable companies, including Lufthansa Technik.
Airports and network
Wizz Air is continuously looking for opportunities to expand its network of destinations and looks to achieving the lowest cost base in the Central and Eastern European region and airport choice has a crucial impact. Hence a mix of primary, secondary and regional airports are served, and the carrier is in constant negotiations to establish a network of operations at more airports.
Like all airlines, cabin crew are at the forefront of looking after its customers and Wizzair's have gained an enviable reputation.
Wizzair's ethos is in its team – both onboard and on the ground - sharing the same passion: the aviation business. A high ethical standard drives a team-playing approach, with the airline employing staff from different countries all over Europe. A highly committed, professional and multi-cultural management team is the driving force and a key success factor in the WIZZ way of conducting business.
Wizz Air's Airbus fleet including A320s and ans A321s and has an order with Airbus for 110 new technology A321neo aircraft with advanced systems and engines that will further reduce Wizz Air’s industry leading cost base as well as the company’s carbon footprint. All new deliveries are fitted with Sharklet wingtip devices.
Wizz Air Hungary Ltd. (registered seat: Laurus Offices, Kőér street 2/A, Building B, H-1103, Budapest, Hungary; registration number: 01-10-140174).
Wizz Air Holdings Plc. (registered seat: 44 Esplanade, Saint Helier, Jersey JE4 9WG, registration number: 103356).
Wizz Air UK Ltd. (registered seat: Main Terminal Building, London Luton Airport, Lu2 9ly, Luton, United Kingdom ; registration number: 10982241).
WA Pilot Academy Spólka z ograniczona Odpowiedzialnoscia (registered seat: 26 Jasna Street, 00-054 Warszawa; registration number: KRS 0000674609).
Wizz Air Bosnia LLC (registered seat: Tuzla International Airport, Passenger Terminal Building, first floor - room No.12, Gornje Dubrave b.b., 75270 Zivinice, Bosnia and Herzegovina; registration number: MBS: 32-01-0083-15).
Wizz Aviation Professionals S.R.L. (registered seat: Bd. Dacia 49/8, Chisinau, MD-2062, Republic of Moldova; registration number: N/A).
All images: Wizzair