The Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air has stopped selling tickets on a total of 15 routes from Vienna-Schwechat. Among others, Lisbon, Porto, Eindhoven, Palma de Mallorca and Luqa (Malta) are affected.
Shortly before Christmas 2021, it was announced that Wizz Air would be shutting down its presence in Vienna. Back then were 12 routes permanently cancelled. Without further communication, further destinations have been canceled in recent weeks. Below, for example Milan Malpensa. Now the next prank company is imminent.
It is striking that, with a few exceptions, these are almost exclusively routes on which there is competition with Ryanair. In the past, the two carriers have often “duplicated new destinations”. Apparently, Wizz Air is now taking things a little more calmly.
However, the Hungarian airline has been lagging behind its Irish competitor in Vienna for some time in terms of sales. Ryanair can consistently achieve better load factors. From circles of the low-cost airline it can be heard, among other things, that the fact that Wizz Air - in contrast to Ryanair - only waives rebooking fees if the fee-based Flex package has been purchased beforehand, also plays a major role in the selection of the airline in the low-cost segment should play.
The consequence of the current cancellations is that the Vienna base will be significantly smaller in the 2022 summer flight schedule. It is currently planned that only three Airbus A321neos will be used from Vienna-Schwechat. Machines heading for the Austrian capital from other bases are unaffected by this.
The destinations in Ukraine are not included in the following list of routes that, according to the current information, were removed from the plans for the 2022 summer timetable. Due to the military attack by the Russian Federation, these cannot be served for an indefinite period of time. It is currently not foreseeable when airlines will fly to Ukraine again on a scheduled basis.
The following destinations are affected:
- Billund (resume postponed to November 2022)
- Palma de Mallorca
- Valencia (resume postponed to November 2022)
- Abu Dhabi (route paused between June 1, 2022 and September 26, 2022)