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Wizz Air opens its17th base in Riga

1 bases airbus A320, 8 routes
Riga: Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe* today celebrated the opening of its 17th base in Riga, Latvia. Wizz Air is initially deploying one Airbus A320 aircraft and opening 4 new routes from Riga to Barcelona, Doncaster Sheffield, Dortmund and Paris Beauvais.
Wizz Air is not only adding new flights from Riga, but also increasing the frequencies on the existing services to London Luton and Oslo Torp. Wizz Air is now offering 8 routes to 6 different countries from the Latvian capital. The airline believes its expansion in Riga can stimulate the local job market in aviation and the tourism sector with more visitors now able to travel to Latvia on its low fare services.
WIZZ AIR’S NEWEST RIGA ROUTES:

Destination

Days

Starting date

Fares from**

Paris Beauvais

Tue; Thu; Sat

19 June

EUR 24.99

Doncaster Sheffield

Mon; Fri

20 June 

EUR 39.99

Barcelona El Prat

Wed; Sun

22 June 

EUR 49.99

Dortmund

Wed; Sun

31 August 

EUR 24.99

WIZZ AIR’S INCREASED FREQUENCY ON SOME RIGA ROUTES:

Destination

Weekly Flights

Fares from**

Oslo Torp

from 2 to 3

EUR 14.99

London Luton

from 7 to 8

EUR 49.99

Speaking in Riga, György Abrán, Chief Commercial Officer at Wizz Air, said: "I am delighted to open Wizz Air’s 17th operating low-cost base with 1 based aircraft in Riga today. This is an important milestone for our presence in the Latvian market and indicates our commitment to offer Latvian consumers and their visitors truly affordable fares from just 14.99 Eur, coupled with an excellent travel experience. Beyond further enhancing the travel opportunities on the Latvian market, we also create a number of local jobs with Wizz Air and our local business partners.”

Anrijs Matīss, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Latvia, said: “I have a very positive opinion of the decision taken by the airline Wizz Air to open its base at Riga Airport. New jobs will be created for the residents of Latvia and opening of the new routes will improve people’s mobility offering new travel opportunities. This is a promising commitment for successful future cooperation and it strengthens Riga Airport’s status as the air traffic hub in the Baltics.”

Aldis Mūrnieks, Chairman of the Board of Riga International Airport, said: “Wizz Air is an important business partner and the airport appreciates the carrier’s commitment to continue expansion of its operations from Riga. Opening of the base at the airport shows that we are an internationally significant air transport hub that will continue handling the biggest share of the air traffic in the Baltic states.”

About Wizz Air

Wizz Air is the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe*, operates a fleet of 52 Airbus A320 aircraft and sells over 300 routes from 18 bases, connecting 96 destinations across 35 countries. At Wizz Air, a team of over 2,000 aviation professionals delivers superior service and very low ticket prices making Wizz Air the preferred choice of over 13.9 million passengers in the financial year ending 31 March 2014.

*Source: Innovata, on the basis of scheduled departing seat capacity for the year ended 31 March 2014 (“FY 2014”) Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is a region comprised of Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.

**One way price including taxes, non-optional charges and one small cabin bag