Wizz Air opens base #25 in Kutaisi


Wizz Air opens up seven routes from its newest base in Georgia – also adds a new route from both Budapest and Kaunas.

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Kutaisi Airport became base #25 for Wizz Air on 23 September. The carrier has one A320 stationed at the airport with the new asset allowing the carrier to open up an additional seven routes from the Georgian airport, giving a total of 11 destinations. To celebrate, passengers were treated to a selection of Wizz Air- and Kutaisi Airport-branded cupcakes, while entertainment was also provided. Once festivities had been completed, a press conference was conducted, with the event being fronted by Owain Jones, CCO of Wizz Air, and Ketevan Aleksidze, CEO of United Airports of Georgia.

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Seen welcoming the arrival of Wizz Air’s first flight from Kutaisi to Memmingen on 23 September are the German airport’s Alica Ulrich, Aviation Marketing & Sales Manager, and Marcel Schütz Head of Aviation. Flights will operate twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) facing no direct competition. Wizz Air now links Memmingen to 13 destinations, with this latest launch being the longest sector, replacing Kiev Zhulyany.

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Dortmund celebrated the start of Wizz Air’s route from Kutaisi on 25 September by greeting the inaugural crew with flowers. The 2,813-kilometre sector will be flown twice-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) facing no direct competition.

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On 21 September, Wizz Air introduced flights between the capitals of Hungary and Romania. Flights on the 616-kilometre city pair between Budapest and Bucharest will be flown four times weekly on the ULCC’s A320 fleet in direct competition with TAROM.

  • Wizz Air commenced operations from its 25th base during the course of the last two weeks, with it stationing one A320 at Kutaisi (KUT) in Georgia. Along with the aircraft, the airline also opened up routes from the airport to seven destinations, namely: Berlin Schönefeld (SXF), Memmingen (FMM), Larnaca (LCA), Sofia (SOF), Thessaloniki (SKG), Dortmund (DTM) and Milan/Bergamo (BGY). It should be noted that from 5 October the route to Bergamo will switch to Milan Malpensa. Wizz Air, before opening its Kutaisi base, already linked the Georgian airport to Budapest, Katowice, Vilnius and Warsaw Chopin. As well as the base opening, Wizz Air has also added a further two routes to its network, with the most significant being the hub connection between Budapest (BUD) and Bucharest (OTP). Launched on 21 September, this is the only route that links the Romanian base with another Wizz Air base, as confirmed by anna.aero’s recently analysis of the hub. It is also the only one of Wizz Air’s latest routes that will face direct competition. The average sector length of the new routes is 1,855 kilometres, with the average weekly frequency being 2.3. See how Kutaisi Airport’s FTWA compares to others from around the world.
Launch date From To Aircraft (W/F) Competition
21 Sep Budapest (BUD) Bucharest (OTP) A320 (4) TAROM (15)
22 Sep Kaunas (KUN) Eindhoven (EIN) A320 (2)
23 Sep Kutaisi (KUT) Berlin Schönefeld (SXF)
Memmingen (FMM)
24 Sep Larnaca (LCA)
Sofia (SOF)
Thessaloniki (SKG) A320 (3)
25 Sep Dortmund (DTM) A320 (2)
Milan/Bergamo (BGY)
Source: OAG Schedules Analyser data for w/c 4 October 2016.

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