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Wizz Air passes six-million mark in Vilnius

Already the market leader in the Lithuanian capital, the Hungarian low-cost carrier announces two more routes from Lithuania.

Wizz Air has passed the six million passenger mark in Vilnius, with the “lucky 6 millionth passenger” travelling from London Luton to Vilnius being greeted on arrival with a voucher for €200.

The Budapest-based low-cost carrier started operations from the Lithuanian capital in 2011 – its 14th operating base in its network and first in the Baltics – and since then has become the airport’s market leader.

It shook up the comparatively high-cost market at the time, “creating great benefits for the local community by stimulating the local job market in aviation and associated industries, as well as boosting business relations with other European countries,” the carrier says.

Now, this autumn, Wizz is launching two new routes, between Vilnius and Lviv in Ukraine on October 29 and between Lithuania’s second city Kaunas and Finland’s third-biggest city Turku on November 9.

Three airports
The airline flies from all three of Lithuania’s international airports, including the smallest, Palanga on the coast, with 32 routes to 18 countries from three airports, for which it will have 1.8 million seats on sale in 2018, 21% more than last year.

In the first eight months of 2018, it carried over one million passengers on its routes to and from Lithuania, which is 29% more than the same period last year.

“Since our first Vilnius flight seven years ago, on April 2011, we have become the leading airline at Vilnius Airport,” says Andras Rado, corporate communications manager at Wizz Air.

“Underlying our long-standing commitment to Lithuania in order to bring more travelling opportunities, this autumn the company will start two new routes from Vilnius to Lviv and from Kaunas to Turku.”

Laura Loffe, executive director of Lithuanian Airports, added: “It is good to have a partner which, by transferring more than a quarter of all Lithuanian air passengers, does not give up its ambitions and offers new directions.”

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