By Peter Stevenson
WIZZ Air, the largest low-cost, low-fare airline in central and Eastern Europe will be flying from Larnaca to both Kiev and Belgrade, with ticket prices as low as €24.99 one way.
The Hungarian airline will be operating flights twice a week to the two new destinations, giving travellers from Cyprus the opportunity to visit the two tourist destinations for business or pleasure.
Flights between Larnaca and Belgrade will begin on May 1 of next year while flights between Larnaca and Kiev will begin on March 30. Despite these new routes only being available next year, they can be booked now by visiting the airline’s website at www.wizzair.com.
The new routes, which are part of a long term development plan for Cyprus, following on from the announcement earlier this year that flights will travel to Donetsk in Ukraine, will be operated on one of the airline’s new Airbus A320 aircraft during the 2014 summer schedule.
“The airline believes this will stimulate the local job market in aviation and tourism sectors as consumers will have access to more low cost routes,” Wizz Air’s corporoate spokesman Daniel de Carvalho said at a press conference on Thursday.
He said Wizz Air looks forward to taking Cypriots to the historic cities of Kiev and Belgrade as well as giving travellers from Serbia and Ukraine the opportunity to visit Cyprus at a very low price.
With the addition of the new routes, Wizz Air’s route network in Larnaca will now grow to a total of 6 routes to 5 different countries. De Carvalho added that capacity in the first 12 months of operating the new routes will grow to a total of 250,000 seats.
Wizz Air has a young, single type Airbus A320 fleet, with average age of approximately 3.5 years. All 45 aircraft are powered by International Aero Engine’s V-2500 engines and equipped with 180 comfortable leather seats. These new aircraft represent the latest technology, which helps to keep the airline’s operational cost down.
Wizz Air’s first flight took off on 19th May 2004 from Katowice in Poland. Today Wizz Air has 17 operating bases in the region: Gdansk, Poznan, Katowice, Warsaw and Wroclaw, in Poland, Budapest in Hungary, Sofia in Bulgaria, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca Tirgu Mures and Timisoara in Romania, Vilnius in Lithuania, Donetsk and Kyiv in Ukraine, Belgrade in Serbia and Prague in Czech Republic, Skopje in Macedonia offering flights on over 280 routes.