Wizz Air, the largest low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, opened a new base in Tirana on July first. The airline already has the first Airbus A320 aircraft in the base at Tirana International Airport.
Together with the new base and the ten destinations it already travels, Wizz Air has announced 15 new destinations in eight countries with departures from Tirana, starting from July 2020, thus bringing the total to 25 destinations from Tirana International Airport. The other two planes are expected to arrive within two weeks, the company announced.
“It is a very important day for us and we hope that Wizz Air will remain strong in the market and will be useful for many Albanians to reach different destinations. This means economic growth, new travel opportunities with the hope that borders will soon open for all Albanian citizens who want to visit Europe and beyond.
Two other planes will have their base at Tirana Airport, and this will be a good sign for a great recovery of all our operations "Volker Wendefeuer, general manager of operations at Tirana International Airport, said.
“We are delighted to celebrate the establishment of a new base in Tirana and the opening of new Wizz services from Tirana to 15 destinations in 8 European countries.
With this exciting news, we continue to offer new convenient travel opportunities for Albanian passengers and stimulate tourism in Albania, providing the best possible hygiene conditions with our improved protection measures. Our investment will further stimulate the local economy, aviation and tourism sectors " said George Michalopoulos, commercial director of Wizz Air.
The three Airbus A320s will support operations on fifteen new routes to Beauvais (Paris), Charleroi (Brussels), Eindhoven, Mulhouse Euroairport, Karlsruhe / Baden-baden, Hamburg, Berlin Schönefeld, Frankfurt Hahn, Prague, Thessaloniki, Rhodes. Bari, Catania, Milan Malpensa and Turin, reaching over 800 thousand seats for sale in 25 destinations from Tirana in 2020.
Wizz Air's growing Albanian network will support local tourism, bring more capital to the region and connect Tirana with new destinations. The airline has announced a series of improved hygiene measures to ensure the health and safety of customers and its crew.
As part of these new protocols, during the flight, both the cabin crew and passengers must wear masks, while the cabin crew must also wear gloves.
Since mid-March, after COVID-19, traffic to theTirana international airport has declined sharply.
But currently 12 to 16 flights a day depart from this airport, although there are still restrictions given the European Union's decision don't open borders with Albania.
Official Wizzair page (link)
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