The low-cost carrier is to base a ninth plane in Bulgaria, to fly from the Black Sea resort city of Varna to six cities.
For the summer of 2019, Wizz Air will be flying twice a week between Copenhagen and Varna on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast. The new route is part of a wider expansion by the Hungary-headquartered low-cost carrier in Varna.
Wizz Air opened its 28th base in Varna in summer 2017. It will now deploy an additional Airbus A320 there in July 2019, adding six new routes and updating the frequencies of some of its existing routes.
On the plane’s arrival, Wizz Air’s Bulgarian fleet will grow to a total of nine aircraft, with two based in Varna and seven in Sofia, boosting the carrier’s capacity in Bulgaria by 14% year-on-year, the airline says.
Starting in July, Wizz will connect Varna with three German cities – Hamburg, Cologne and Berlin – as well as Paris, Liverpool and Copenhagen.
Wizz Air’s first Varna flight took off in 2007 and since then it has become the leading carrier there. In the first eleven months of 2018, it carried over 400,000 passengers on its routes to and from Varna, up 48% on the same period last year – part of the carrier’s 2.8 million passengers to and from Bulgaria, which is up 17% on last year.
Wizz now offers 49 routes from three Bulgarian airports to 18 countries.
For the Copenhagen route, the 180-seat A320 will fly every Tuesday and Saturday from July 2. With Varna, Wizz Air arrives in Copenhagen on seven routes, the others being Chiṣinău, Kiev, Skopje, Sofia, Sibiu and, from spring, Lviv in Ukraine.
However, the Varna departure is very late in the evening. The flight departs the Bulgarian city at 19:40 with an arrival time in CPH of 21:30. It then returns to Varna departing at 22:00 and landing at 01:40 local time.
An airline already operates this route. Norwegian flies Copenhagen-Varna on Wednesdays and Saturdays with a Boeing 737-800 and a 737 MAX 8, respectively. Norwegian also flies three times a week to Burgas, just 100 kilometres to the south of Varna.
Needless to say, the Black Sea coast is very popular with Scandinavians, while Varna – which went by the name Stalin between 1949 and 1956 – is the third largest city in Bulgaria with about 366,000 inhabitants.