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Wizz Air to launch four new London Luton routes

This brings a whole new meaning to the term "taking a wizz"...

The newest British budget airline on the block, Wizz Air UK, have just announced the launch of four new winter routes from their London Luton base:

  • Israeli seaside resort, Eilat (Ovda) - commencing 28th October 2018
  • Tromsø in northern Norway - commencing 14th December 2018
  • Grenoble in the French Alps - commencing 15th December 2018
  • Verona in Italy - commencing 15th December 2018

Already the second largest airline at the base, Wizz Air has seen enormous, rapid expansion in 2018, with a 10% year-on-year increase in its Luton operations, and eight new Airbus aircraft operating from there. The new routes will bring its total new London Luton-launched destinations this year to 12 - the others are: 

Bratislava (Slovakia), Tallinn (Estonia), Larnaca (Cyprus), Lviv (Ukraine), Bari (Puglia, Italy), Tirana (Albania), Athens (Greece) and Keflavik (Iceland).

Booking details

To get the very best Wizz Air deals you have to be a member of the Wizz Discount Club (WDC). Standard membership is €29.99 (Euros) per year for you + 1 companion. For this you'll get:

  • A minimum €10 discount on ticket fares
  • A minimum €5 discount on baggage purchased online
  • The ability to extend the benefits to your travel companions
  • Access to members-only deals

Baggage allowance is one cabin bag per passenger with maximum dimensions of 42cm x 32cm x 25cm.

Sample deal: As a WDC member, I found a flight from London Luton to Eilat (Ovda) in March 2019 (one-way) for a total of £19.49, which doesn't seem at all bad!

What does it mean?

It can only mean good things for passengers - greater options and the chance to visit some remote or less well-known parts of Europe/the world, and at budget or relatively affordable prices. Air travel is currently experiencing a mini revolution as airlines look to lead the way on destinations, and flight experience and times. With all this competition, it's bringing the cost of air travel down to record lows. 

It's really positive to see a creditable "new" airline taking over the vacated slots left by Monarch, and further strengthening the "budget airline choices" - exciting times for travel!

Some facts & figures:

  • Established in 2003, Wizz Air is originally a Hungarian low-cost airline, with its head office in Budapest.
  • They announced in November 2017 that they were launching their British division, Wizz Air UK. 
  • At London Luton Wizz Air UK taken over a number of take-off and landing slots acquired from Monarch Airlines after they entered administration.
  • Wizz Air UK have 7.9 million seats already on sale for the coming year, offering 51 destinations in 25 countries from London Luton.

What could you get up to at Wizz Air UK's new destinations?

  • Eilat - you could try diving in the Red Sea and witness the myriad of tropical fish and coral reef, or take a trip to the Dead Sea or Jerusalem (around 4 & 1/2 hours).
  • Tromsø - one of the best locations for witnessing the Northern Lights. You could also visit the Arctic Cathedral or go reindeer sledding.
  • Grenoble - known as a base for winter sports, the city sits at the foot of mountains between the Drac and Isère rivers; a gateway to the French Alps.
  • Verona - you could visit the Casa di Giulietta, the stone balcony said to have inspired Shakespeare's 'Romeo & Juliet', or go and see The Arena, the third biggest amphitheatre in Italy.