Press article fom 16.12.2004
Along with Budapest and Kattowice – now also Warsaw
Frankfurt-Hahn, 16-Dec-04 – In the middle of November, Wizz Air had already announced its start from Frankfurt-Hahn with flights to Budapest and Kattowice. Merely one month later, the European Low-Cost-Airline already has another destination in sight: Warsaw. This is the first time an airline has incorporated three destinations simultaneously with four flights per week each from Frankfurt-Hahn. All three routes will be flown to starting 27 March 2005. Wizz Air is flying with a modern Airbus type A320 aircraft featuring 180 leather seats. The opportune fares can be booked via www.wizzair.com starting immediately.
„The Warsaw route extension follows the announcement of Wizz Air made on 5th December regarding the free rebooking of Air Polonia’s stranded passengers. Up to date over 15,000 passengers have rebooked on Wizz flights for free“, according to József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air. „The Wizz network extension will cover the gap Air Polonia left behind in Warsaw and travellers will continue to benefit from Wizz Air’s low fares. At the same time this move will make Wizz Air the undisputed market leader in the Polish low cost air travel sector. Now our operations from Warsaw, Katowice and Gdansk serve 24 routes to 15 different destinations including the first ever domestic low cost flight on Katowice-Gdansk “, continues Váradi.
From 27 March 2005 – the start of the summer flight plan – three new destinations are being flown to four times a week each (Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday):
Frankfurt-Hahn to Warsaw: 12.05 pm - 1.50 pm*
Warsaw – Frankfurt-Hahn: 2.20 pm – 4.15 pm*
Frankfurt-Hahn – Kattowice: 4.45 pm – 6.10 pm*
Kattowice – Frankfurt-Hahn: 10 am – 11.35 am*
Frankfurt-Hahn – Budapest:
1 pm – 14.45 pm*
Budapest – Frankfurt-Hahn: 10.45 am – 12.30 pm*
* Flight times subject to confirmation
Budapest, also called the Paris of the East, awaits its guests with scores of superlatives: The city consists of two parts - on the west side lies the hilly Buda, on the east side the flat Pest – and offers over 120 hot springs and mineral springs, Europe’s largest house of parliament, and following London, the oldest underground on the continent and even 237 art monuments, 223 museums and galleries and 40 theatres. Further information about the touristic highlights can be found at www.ungarn-tourismus.de.
Kattowice is one of Poland’s most important commercial and scientific centres and the administrative headquarters of Woiwodschaft Slask (Schlesien) at the same time. Kattowice/Kattowitz was once referred to as the „most American of all Polish cities". Some of Europe’s very first skyscrapers originated here. Famous German and Polish architects still characterize the cityscape today. At the same time, Kattowice is an important university city. Appropriately, there are plenty of clubs and “Studentenkneipen” (student bars).
From Kattowice travellers quickly reach Krakow, the 2000 European City of Culture. With its approximately 750,000 residents, Krakow is Poland’s third largest city and a European culture centre. Famous artists such as the filmmaker Andrzej Wajda, the composer Krzystof Penderecki and the author Stanislaw Lem reside here.
Warsaw has developed into one of the most important capitals in Central Europe. Its wide ranging cultural life attracts visitors from all over the world. The city has numerous precious architectural monuments. The quarter around the Old City market place was completely razed to the ground in 1945. The first buildings arose there only four years later and reconstruction in the original style was completed in 1953. Since then, the area has become the heart of city life once again. The residents of Warsaw lovingly refer to the Old City Market, with its historic taverns, museums, and luxury shops as the "front parlour". Most of the original buildings date back to the 16th and 17th centuries. The entire Old City is under the special protection of UNESCO as a piece of Cultural Heritage of the World. You can find more information about Polish destinations at www.polen-info.de.
About Wizz Air
Wizz Air is a young European Low-Cost-Airline focusing on the Central and Eastern European markets with headquarters in Hungary. Wizz Air has been operating since May 2004 to and from Budapest, Warsaw, Kattowice, and Gdansk. Wizz Air started from its base in Kattowice (southern Poland) for the first time on 19 May 2004. Since then, Wizz Air has carried over a half million passengers over its entire route system.
Starting December 2004, Wizz Air secured its new 25 million Euro financial package, adopted by an investor group led by Indigo Partners LLC and some Wizz Air shareholders. Indigo Partners is a private corporate capitalization company specialized in the transportation sector. The directors of Indigo Partners are the founders of Tiger Airways, Singapore’s new Low-Cost-Airline.
debis AirFinance, which has its own and managed fleet of over 250 jets and turboprops (Boeing/ MDC, Airbus, Fokker, Dornier, ATR, DHC) leased to airlines in 40 countries is the leasing company for the first Wizz Air fleet of six Airbus type A320 aircraft.
Wizz Air airport hubs:
Poland – Kattowice was put into operation as the first base on 19 May 2004
Wizz Air recently added Warsaw and Gdansk to its Polish network
Hungary - Budapest was delegated second base on 24 June 2005
Frankfurt-Hahn starting on 27 March 2005
Additional new routes from 27 March 2005: Warsaw - Paris Beauvais; Warsaw-Stockholm Skavsta and Warsaw-Barcelona Girona
Fleet: 6 Airbus A320’s
Average age of the fleet: 2 years
Number of routes in winter 04/05: 23
Additional information about Wizz Air is available at www.wizzair.com
or through email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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