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Wizz Air Turns Five
June 17, 2009   
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Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Poland and Central and Eastern Europe, marked its fifth anniversary May 19. The Hungarian airline started operations May 19, 2004, in Katowice, southern Poland. The European Union had been just enlarged by 10 new countries in Central and Eastern Europe, opening the doors a new market of 70 million potential passengers. Wizz Air has since then launched operational bases in Poland (Katowice, Warsaw, Gdańsk and Poznań), Hungary (Budapest), Bulgaria (Sofia), Romania (Bucharest and Cluj-Napoca) and Ukraine (Kiev). A Wizz Air base will be opened in June in the Czech capital, Prague.

Over its five years in business, Wizz Air has flown 18 million passengers. The company predicts it will have 30 percent more customers this year than last.

Poland is the largest market for Wizz Air and the airline has a 45 percent share of low-cost flights here. Over the last five years, 15 million passengers boarded Wizz Air planes at Polish airports. Wizz Air flies to 21 European countries and operates over 130 routes, including 60 from Poland. The airline has one of the world's newest fleets of 23 Airbus A320 planes, 11 of which are based in Poland. By 2014, the fleet will grow to 82 planes.

This year, Wizz Air was named best low-cost airline by the pasazer.com website for the fifth time in a row.
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