Wizz Air to launch direct Tirana-London low cost flights

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times December 21, 2017 17:45

Wizz Air to launch direct Tirana-London low cost flights

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  • The launch of London flights by Wizz Air comes after the Hungarian carrier launched last April its low-fare service reconnecting Tirana to Budapest after a five-year break following Malev’s 2012 bankruptcy.

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TIRANA, Dec. 21 – Hungarian low-cost carrier Wizz Air has announced the launch of direct Tirana-London flights starting spring 2018, the Tirana International Airport says.

The new route will link Tirana to London three times a week from May 2018 being the sole low cost direct connection between the two cities and comes as part of Wizz Air’s expansion of its Central and Eastern Europe destinations from its Luton base.

The announcement of the new route also comes at a time when visits by British citizens to Albania, a majority of whom with ethnic Albanian roots, have seen a double-digit hike.

Data published by the country’s state statistical institute, INSTAT, shows some 121,000 British citizens visited Albania in the first eleven months of this year, a 26 percent hike compared to the same period last year. The number of Albanians citizens visiting the UK is considerably lower as Albanian citizens need visas to visit Britain.

Currently, British Airways is the sole carrier currently offering direct Tirana-London flights.

The launch of London flights by Wizz Air comes after the Hungarian carrier launched last April its low-fare service reconnecting Tirana to Budapest after a five-year break following Malev’s 2012 bankruptcy.

Earlier this year, Dutch low-cost carrier Transavia, a subsidiary of Air France-KLM, also launched direct flights linking for the first time Amsterdam to Tirana three times a week as part of its SEE expansion.

Some 17 airlines connect Tirana to European destinations, mostly Italy where most passengers fly considering an estimated community of some 500,000 Albanian migrants in the neighbouring country across the Adriatic.

The Tirana International Airport, which in October 2016 was taken over by a Chinese consortium, handled about 2.2 million passengers in 2016, being the country’s main hub.

The Albanian government says it is receiving assistance by Turkish Airlines, one of the world’s leading airlines, to set up its own national flag carrier that would considerably improve service and reduce ticket prices, currently among the region’s highest.

Tirana Times
By Tirana Times December 21, 2017 17:45