Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) has weathered the coronavirus storm relatively well, having continued to fly during the pandemic. It continues to expand, and on May 29 announced four new routes to Spain from its London Luton base, which will launch in July and October.

It has also announced the opening of four new bases, at Larnaca, Milan Malpensa, Tirana, and Salzburg airports, as it continues to expand operations despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The Larnaca base, the low-cost carrier’s 28th, was announced on May 28, with the airline to base two A320-200s there in July 2020.

Along with the establishment of the new base, Wizz Air announced 11 new services to seven countries from Larnaca starting from July 2020 including Athens Int'l, Thessaloniki, Billund, Copenhagen Kastrup, Dortmund, Memmingen, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Salzburg, Suceava, Turku, and Wroclaw totalling one million seats on sale from Larnaca in 2020.

Speaking at a press conference in Larnaca during the base launch, József Váradi, chief executive officer of the Wizz Air Group, said: ”After ten years of successful operations to Larnaca International Airport, I am delighted to announce our newest base here, as we see the potential and the demand for low-cost travel in Cyprus, which is one of the most popular and rapidly developing tourist destinations. We are dedicated to developing our presence in Cyprus, and offering more affordable travel opportunities to and from Larnaca, while keeping ourselves to the highest standards of our sanitizing protocols.”

On May 28, Wizz Air also revealed that it will base five A321-200s at Milan Malpensa from July, making the Italian airport its 29th base. The new routes will go from Milan to Athens, Eindhoven, Fuerteventura, Kerkyra, Las Palmas, Lisbon, London Luton, Menorca, Marrakech, Porto, Pristina, Reykjavik Keflavik, Rhodes, Santorini, Tallinn Lennart Meri, Tel Aviv Ben Gurion, Tenerife Sur, Thessaloniki, Valencia Manises, and Zakinthos.

At the same time, it said that from July 20, the airline’s next base in Salzburg will be opened and it will fly to Larnaca, Kyiv Igor Sikorsky, Bucharest Otopeni, Belgrade, Tuzla Int'l and Skopje directly.

From Tirana, Wizz Air will add fifteen new routes using three based A320-200s, operating to Paris Beauvais, Brussels Charleroi, Eindhoven, Basle/Mulhouse/Freiburg, FR, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Hamburg Helmut Schmidt, Berlin Schönefeld, Frankfurt Hahn, Prague Václav Havel, Heraklion, Rhodes, Bari, Catania, Milan Malpensa, and Turin.