Rytis Beresnevicius

Wizz Air expands, Ryanair fights back: war in Italy

Throughout the crisis, Wizz Air chose to go against the flow. While everybody was taking measures to cut costs, the low-cost carrier announced 10 new bases throughout Europe. However, with the tenth, it overstepped Ryanair's boundaries – the two are set to go to war of attrition in Italy....


Rytis Beresnevicius

Wizz Air announces 10th base of 2020 in Catania, Italy

Wizz Air is continuing its aggressive expansion throughout Europe, as it announced that it will establish its 10th base of 2020 in Catania, Italy....


Clement Charpentreau

Wizz Air to operate former Qatar freighter bought by government

As Wizz Air Abu Dhabi celebrates the arrival of its first A321neo, its parent airline is about to receive another unexpected Airbus acquisition. The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade acquired an Airbus A330-200F from Qatar Airways. The freighter would be operated by Wizz Air and see its cargo capacity offered to generate revenue when the government does not need it....


Rytis Beresnevicius

After announcing new bases, Wizz Air lowers capacity outlook

While Wizz Air went against the grain and announced an abundance of new bases throughout the crisis, its hopes of increasing capacity seemingly came to a stop. An operational update indicated that the airline now expects capacity throughout the year to stay lower than previously anticipated. ...


Rytis Beresnevicius

Wizz Air slashes and caps seniority pay for all its pilots

Wizz Air remains one of the few airlines that expanded its operations throughout the crisis. Yet at the same time, it slashed huge amounts off of its pilots' salaries and seniority bonuses, citing a "changing market reality."...


Rytis Beresnevicius

How the pandemic highlighted Ryanair’s major weakness

While in 2019 Ryanair became the most popular airline in Europe in terms of passenger numbers, the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted a major weakness at the low-cost airline....


Pijus Jauniskis

Wizz Air Abu Dhabi’s first Airbus A321 spotted in Hamburg

The first A321neo aircraft for Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, Wizz Air’s newest subsidiary based in the Middle East, was spotted in Hamburg on August 3, 2020, awaiting flight testing before its final destination....


Rytis Beresnevicius

Cost versus confidence: will cheap tickets drive travel demand?

In the biggest crisis in aviation, airlines are looking for ways to restore the demand for air travel. Two camps have popped up, with one going all-in on passenger confidence, while the other plans to welcome back customers with low prices. But is there a right or wrong?...


Rytis Beresnevicius

Wizz Air criticized for labor and safety malpractices

Wizz Air is facing criticism from its unions over the way it has handled its employee situation when it fired almost 20% of its total workforce and is now allowing the redundant crew members to apply and go through the same recruitment process as fresh candidates....


Rytis Beresnevicius

Turnaround times: have low-cost carriers lost their advantage?

With newly-enacted health requirements to disinfect an aircraft, could they negatively affect turnaround times, one of the main advantages of a low-cost carrier?...