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Wizz Air is a Hungarian low-cost airline with headquarters in the Airport Business Park C2 in Vecsés, close to Budapest's Ferihegy Airport, Hungary. The airline typically uses secondary airports serving many cities across Europe.

History
The airline was established in September 2003. The lead investor is Indigo Partners, an American private equity firm specializing in transportation investments. The first flight was made on 19 May 2004 from Katowice, 19 days after Poland and Hungary entered the European Union and the single European aviation market. The airline carried 250,000 passengers in its first three and a half months, almost 1.4 million passengers in the first year of operations and to date,10 million passengers. In 2007 Wizz Air carried 2.8 million passengers on its Polish routes.

The airline's CEO and chairman is József Váradi, former CEO of Malév Hungarian Airlines. The company is registered in Pest County (Hungary) with operating subsidiaries in Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria. Wizz Air Bulgaria was established in September 2005.

József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air, won the Ernst & Young award of the 'Brave Innovator' in 2007. The prize recognized the break through in the airline business in Hungary and the region, the business model and the business conduct of Wizz Air.

In summer 2008 Wizz Air became the first low cost carrier in Ukraine.

Destinations
A Wizz Air Bulgaria Airbus A320-200 departs London Luton Airport, England. (2007)
Wizz Air Airbus A320-200 taxing to the Gate at Cork Airport, Ireland. (2009)Further information: Wizz Air destinations
Wizz Air prefers to land at smaller or secondary airports to reduce costs and fees.

Wizz Air started new services between Katowice and London Gatwick in 2008. Winter destinations from Warsaw are Milan Bergamo and Grenoble. In January 2008, flights started from Gdansk to Goteborg, Bournemouth and Coventry.

In summer 2008, Wizz Air restarted the summer only services from Katowice and Budapest to Girona, as well as a new weekly service to Girona from Gdansk. Other summer services from Budapest are Heraklion, Corfu, Burgas and Varna, from Katowice to Crete-Heraklion and Burgas, Warsaw to Corfu and Burgas. They also restarted the three-times weekly service from London Luton to Burgas.

On 2 October 2008, Wizz Air announced that a number of their Romania services would have increased frequency following an order for three Airbus A320 aircraft. Services began 15 February 2009 from Timisoara, on 1 March 2009 from Bucharest, and 1 May 2009 from Cluj-Napoca.

Wizz Air Romania
Wizz Air offers destinations from the Romanian cities, Wizz Air has 3 bases at Bucharest, Cluj and Timisoara. It competes closely against Blue Air, a local low-cost carrier.
Further information: Wizz Air Romania destinations

Wizz Air Ukraine
The Ukrainian division of Wizz Air has 1 international base at Kiev.

Wizz Air Bulgaria
The Bulgarian division of Wizz Air has been awarded licences to begin new services to Greece, Turkey and Moldova. At the moment Wizz Air Bulgaria operates flights from Sofia to Brussels, Dortmund, Milan /Orio al Serio/, Rome /Fiumicino&Ciampino/, Venice/Treviso, Eindhoven, Barcelona, Valencia, London/Luton /daily from Sofia, weekly from Varna and seasonal from Burgas/. Also a domestic flight from Sofia to Varna is departing 4 times a week.
From May 22 2010 start flights from Sofia to Madrid/Barajas, Paris/Beauvais, Bologna/Forli, Frankfurt/Hahn.
Wizz Air has 1 international base at Sofia

Wizzair Fleet
30 Airbus A320-232 180 seats

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