Low-cost carrier acquires Monarch slots at London Luton
Just ten days after announcing five new routes from London Luton for 2018, European low-cost carrier Wizz Air says further expansion is planned after acquiring take-off and landing slots at the airport from the administrators of the failed airline Monarch.
The carrier will base another two Airbus A320-family aircraft at Luton, expanding its capacity by 18% to a total of 7.1 million seats next year.
“Acquiring airport slots and airport nightstands at Luton Airport will enable us to enhance our presence and competitive position in the London market,” Wizz’s chief executive József Váradi said.
“While Brexit will certainly pose challenges to the airline industry, we see it as an opportunity for Wizz Air, as our highly efficient low fare model will prevail even more under the new circumstances.”
The earlier announcement ten days ago involved an increase of its Luton fleet to five planes and five new routes in 2018, to Tallinn, Larnaca, Bratislava, Tirana and Lviv. The new announcement is additional to that, and the resulting new routes will be announced soon.