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Wizz Air reports record 23 million passengers for 2016

Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced today that it closed another outstanding year with record passenger numbers, massive expansion of its network and global recognition awards for the quality of its business and service.
The airline carried 23 million passengers in 2016, representing a 19% passenger growth, year-on-year. At year-end, the airline connected 134 destinations in 40 countries, with a total of 519 routes on sale.

During the past twelve months, WIZZ added 9 ultra-efficient Airbus A321 aircraft to its fleet, added 17 new destinations to its map, and expanded its ever-growing network with more than 100 new routes. This created over 400 direct jobs, with over 3,000 colleagues now working for the company.

The current fleet consists of 74 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft, operating from 25 bases across 13 countries in Central and Eastern Europe. Two additional bases, already announced, in Chisinau, Moldova and Varna, Bulgaria, will start operations in March and July 2017, respectively.

Last year in the UK, Wizz Air carried over 6.6 million passengers on its low fare routes, representing a 30% growth year on year, supporting almost 5,000* local jobs in associated industries. WIZZ has recently announced a new service connecting Liverpool with the Polish city of Lublin that will commence in the middle of May. The UK WIZZ network now consists of 80 routes to 39 destinations from 9 UK airports.

In 2016, Wizz Air’s commitment to excellent service was recognized with a series of prestigious global awards. WIZZ was named 2016 Value Airline of The Year by Air Transport World (ATW), one of the largest multimedia information and services providers for the global airline market, and Low Cost Airline of the Year by the Center for Aviation (CAPA), a leading provider of independent aviation market intelligence. The airline was also registered under the International Air Transport Association (IATA), and Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), the global benchmark in airline safety recognition.

József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer at Wizz Air, said: “2016 was an outstanding year for Wizz Air. While maintaining our strong market leadership as the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, our excellence in service and safety were acknowledged with remarkable global recognitions. Our efficient, ultra low-cost model will allow us to continue our strong growth and further expand our network to best meet the needs of our passengers. We will keep on offering the lowest possible fares paired with superb onboard experience, providing exceptional value for all our customers.”

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