WizzAir is one of the main Eastern Europe low cost airlines, offering routes linking both major destinations and minor cities.
The Hungarian based airline, after launching 200 new routes, and after obtaining the EASA Air Operator Certificate with Wizz Air Hungary, is looking for an outstanding expansion in other markets.
WizzAir Abu Dhabi is becoming a reality day after day.
As Simple Flying has reported a few days ago, its first A321NX has been repainted in Hamburg.
The mission of the Middle Eastern subsidiary is basically linking Eastern Europe and the United Arab Emirates with the typical low cost attitude that brought its Hungarian major sister on top of the European market.
The surprising news is not about the opening of a subsidiary airline, practice to which the low fares airlines are used to, but it’s rather in the moment in which it comes.
While most of the world’s airlines are barely surviving to one of the greatest economical crisis that this industry has ever been through, starting a new airline is a gamble that could pay off much more than what we can expect.
Mainly because the sector in which the airline will operate in a market which is very competitive, but that can bring a lot of profit to both the main and the secondary company.
Indeed, up to now, there’s no real low cost service linking a city which is one of the busiest destinations in the world for both tourism and business to the core of Europe.
WizzAir Abu Dhabi, set to be launched in October, will launch this service in the following cities:
Europe won’t be left behind
Despite the higher competition, for obvious reasons the European market will still remain the main business for WizzAir, and its expansion plans regard also this continent.
Despite a loss of approximately €130 million in the first quarter of 2020.
The company has recently announced the opening of four new bases, and many new routes from its major ones (including Belgrade), forcing EasyJet to increase the frequency on the routes they are operating with WizzAir.
The four new bases will be: Milano Malpensa, Larnaca, Lviv and Tirana, meaning that the business is also transitioning to new zones of Europe, with crews already queuing to move.
The best side of opening new bases
(At least if you’re a pilot or you’re planning to be one in the very near future, I shall say)
By opening new bases and expanding its network, WizzAir now also needs more crew members, being one of the very few airlines hiring in Europe in this moment.
The most interesting part of the hiring program is dedicated to brand new pilots, coming out of their flight schools with either a modular or an integrated ATPL.
In fact, aspiring first officers can now apply either with or without a type rating, as long as they have obtained (alongside the basic requirements) either 145 flying hours with the ATPL theory completed or 200 hours with CPL/IR obtained after a modular training.
There is also the opportunity to join a cadet program with, according to what the airline states, features very advantageous payment conditions.
Of course, the airline is also ready to welcome experienced First Officers and Captains wanting to be part of one of the greatest low cost airlines in Europe.