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Picturing Krakow (photo: European Best Destinations)

Nordic routes to upcoming city-break destination

Wizz Air has announced its 26th base in Krakow, an increasingly popular city for its culture, history and food.

As part of Wizz Air’s latest announcement of a new base – its 26th – in Krakow, Poland’s historical, cultural and foodie southern city, 12 new routes will take off from there to Oslo, Billund, Turku and London among others.

The budget carrier will base two Airbus A321 aircraft at Kraków John Paul II International Airport, Poland’s second busiest in terms of passengers served.

The planes will be based there from May and September 2019, allowing Wizz to announce 12 new services to nine countries from Krakow starting consecutively from April.

The new routes are to Oslo, Billund, London Luton, Doncaster, Turku, Nice, Bari, Catania, Larnaca, Kyiv, Kharkiv and Kutaisi.

Wizz will be offering 188,000 seats on its 12 routes from Krakow, among a total of more than 11 million seats on 166 services to and from Poland in 2019.

The airline says it is starting to recruit “young and ambitious” candidates for its new base, with crew recruitment days to be held in Krakow on January 7, 17 and 26.

Mountains and food
The fast-growing Hungarian airline already has bases in Poland in Warsaw, Katowice, Gdansk and Wroclaw, and the new routes from Krakow are aimed especially at increasingly mobile Polish customers.

But Krakow is an increasingly sought-after destination among Europeans for city breaks and mountain trips.

The Dutch, for example, named it Best European City Trip for three consecutive years, beating the likes of Vienna, Seville, Prague, Venice, Rome and Barcelona in awards given by the holiday site Zoover on the basis of over 200,000 reviews.

Krakow is also a starting point for visiting the Tatra Mountains around Zakopane, a resort town known as the ‘mountain capital’ of Poland.

Adding t its appeal, Krakow was recently named as the cheapest destination for a European short break, according to the UK’s tenth annual Post Office City Costs Barometer, narrowly beating the previous winner Vilnius.

And it has been selected as the 2019 European Capital of Gastronomy Culture, chosen over Lisbon in the final stage of the selection process.

Krakow has the only restaurants outside Warsaw that hold Michelin distinctions, with dining spots have also been honoured by Gault & Millau and eight are recommended by Slow Food Poland. A number of events are being organised for next year as part of the European Capital of Gastronomy Culture.

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