The move is in the opposite direction to UK’s easyJet, which says it will set up a new HQ in Vienna.
Low-cost carrier Wizz Air has been allowed to have licences for its new UK subsidiary to help it continue operating in the UK after Brexit.
Wizz Air UK, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wizz Air Holdings, has been granted an Air Operator’s Certificate and Operating Licence by the country’s Civil Aviation Authority.
Wizz’s move is in the opposite direction to UK-based easyJet, which announced in July 2017 that it was setting up a subsidiary in Vienna to continue flights within the European Union post-Brexit.
Headquartered at London Luton, Wizz Air UK begins operations on May 3, with the first flight between Luton and Bucharest, TTG reports.
“First ultra-low cost in UK”
“Today marks the start of a new era in air travel in the United Kingdom, as we celebrate Wizz Air UK’s first flight following the approval of its UK operating licence,” Wizz Air’s chief executive Jozsef Varadi said.
“While Wizz Air UK is a key part of our Brexit contingency plan, it is also the first genuine ultra-low cost carrier licensed in the UK and the natural next-step in the development of our UK business, putting us in a strong position to take advantage of opportunities that may arise in what remains Europe’s largest travel market.”
He continued: “Wizz Air has been committed to the UK ever since our very first flight landed at London Luton in 2004 and our continued expansion will mean additional investment and jobs in the UK as we build our current position as the eighth largest airline operating in the UK.”
The airline says it will have eight new Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft in service by the end of 2018, representing an investment of $860 million.
With the addition of Wizz Air UK, the group will have almost 9 million seats on sale on its routes to and from the UK in 2018, which is 14% growth year-on-year.