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Wizz Air gives much needed boost to Marosvásárhely airport

The Transylvania airport of Marosvásárhely has scored a major win with Wizz Air’s daily flights between Marosvásárhely/Târgu Mureș and Budapest. While this route was in operation before with a lower frequency, the 65 days between October 27 (when the flight started) and December 31 boosted traffic to an all-time high. In total, the low-cost airline carried 50,000 passengers on this route in 2019, the company informed TransylvaniaNOW.

This means that the Hungarian airline alone generated 28 percent of the annual passenger traffic for the airport, totaling 179,072 passengers.

“For 2020, for the same route, Wizz Air expects 126,000 passengers. Wizz Air is committed to the Romanian market and is offering almost 11 million seats on its Romanian routes in 2020, which represents 10 percent growth year over year,” the company told TransylvaniaNOW.

The biggest airline in Romania measured in total number of seats, Wizz Air announced earlier in December that it will increase its Romanian fleet to 30 planes with a new Airbus 321 aircraft. It currently offers 153 routes to 20 countries from 10 Romanian airports, with London (Luton) being its most popular destination for passengers leaving Romania, the company told TransylvniaNOW. Passengers entering Romania still prefer Bucharest Airport (Otopeni), which recorded the highest traffic of 14.6 million passengers per year, or 40,266 per day.

Passengers choosing Marosvásárhely Airport in Transylvania can opt for a flight to the following destinations using low-cost Wizz Air: Budapest (Hungary), Dortmund (Germany), London (UK) and Memmingen (Germany). The airport also offers seasonal charter flights to destinations such as Antalya (Turkey), Hurghada (Egypt) and Heraklion (Greece).

Title image: Wizz Air plane. Image source: Radio Free Europe

Author: István Fekete