Stockholm-Vienna will take on SAS’s Austrian route. Wizz will also fly to Vienna from Malmö, Keflavik, Billund and Bergen.
Wizz Air has announced a new route between Stockholm Skavsta and Vienna, taking on SAS on a route in operation from Arlanda in partnership with Austrian Airlines.
However, the new Wizz route doesn’t start for another year, to launch in March 2019. And Skansta, near the town of Nyköping, is located about 100 kilometres southwest of the Swedish capital.
It is part of a big expansion Wizz Air has announced for its Vienna operations. After setting up a base in the Austrian capital this year with three aircraft, it will deploy an additional two A321s by March next year with the aim of pushing up its annual capacity there to over 2 million seats.
Including Skansta, Wizz will fly to nine new routes from Vienna – also to Malmö, Reykjavik, Nice, Catania and Milan in Italy, Lisbon, Madrid and Kharkiv in Ukraine.
Already in early January, the airline announced that Billund in Denmark and Bergen in Norway would be among its first destinations from Vienna. The Billund route opens on November 15 and Bergen follows on November 25, both of them four times a week.
Four days a week
Both the Malmö and Stockholm Skavsta routes will start on March 22, 2019, and will be operated four days a week, on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The routes will eventually bring Wizz Air’s tally from Vienna to 30 destinations in 22 European countries.
The flights between Vienna and Reykjavik will be flown three times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, from March 23.
Stockholm Skavsta currently has 45 routes, of which 31 are operated by Ryanair and 14 by Wizz Air. The airport’s passenger volume in 2017 was just over 2.1 million.
“The route to and from Vienna represents a new initiative by Wizz Air in providing connections throughout Europe,” commented Peter Steinmetz, managing director of Stockholm Skavsta Airport.
“We are extremely satisfied that this destination can soon be travelled through Stockholm Skavsta Airport, adding a real jewel to our network. I am convinced that the route has great potential for tourism and business alike.”
Wizz Air will be adding to capacity between the Nordics and the Austrian capital that includes Austrian Airlines flying four times daily to Copenhagen and Stockholm Arlanda and twice a day to Oslo. Gothenburg is visited three times a week, while in high season there is one weekly flight to Keflavik. Norwegian also has Vienna on its route map with three weekly departures from Oslo.