Executive Spotlight: “We are an airline of the future.” Wizz Air CEO, Jozsef Váradi

Ruthless cost discipline and a single-minded focus on growth are two key elements of Wizz Air’s recipe for success. From its original base in Central and Eastern Europe, the purple ultra-low-cost airline is spreading its wings not just across the whole of Europe, but also into new geographies such as the Middle East. 

The architect of Wizz Air’s successful formula, its CEO József Váradi, does not give interviews often. However, he made an exception for AeroTime and we flew to Budapest, Hungary – on Wizz Air, of course – for an in-depth interview with one of the international airline industry’s key figures.  

Watch our video interview with Váradi discusses a broad range of topics, from the post-COVID recovery and the perspectives for future growth and market consolidation in Europe, how it compares with arch-rival Ryanair, and Wizz Air’s commitment to its already ongoing expansion in the Middle East and beyond.  

We also talk about Wizz Air’s ambitious plans to increase its fleet to 500 aircraft and to and to reach 170 million annual passengers before the end of this decade. We also touch upon other relevant topics such as the airline’s approach to ancillaries, inflight product and the airline’s approach to sustainability. 

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