European ultra-low-cost carrier Wizz Air will further expand its Georgia base with the allocation of a further Airbus A321neo aircraft.
The new aircraft allocation will grow Wizz Air’s Kutaisi base complement to four aircraft, which will permit a further route expansion from the Georgia base.
Georgia hub expansion
The allocation of the additional aircraft will enable the launch of another new route as well as increased frequency on nine routes from David the Builder Kutaisi International Airport.
Passengers will now be able to fly to Copenhagen in Denmark. The move brings the number of routes from the base to 28, including the launch of a new route from Georgia’s second largest city.
Furthermore, the extra aircraft capacity will also allow Wizz Air to increase the frequency of its existing flights from its Georgia base.
The carrier currently operates services to Athens, Barcelona, Berlin, Dortmund, Memmingen, Milano, Paris Beauvais, Prague, and Rome.
“We are delighted to be expanding in Georgia, demonstrating our commitment to growing our presence in the market by doubling the number of aircraft we will operate from the country in just one year,” comments Evelin Jeckel, Acting Network Officer of Wizz Air.
“The allocation of another additional aircraft in Georgia allows us to further strengthen our market offer, providing our Georgian customers the opportunity to travel on a total of 28 routes to 17 countries with us and increase the tourism to this beautiful and culturally rich country, connecting Georgia with so many destinations.”
Kutaisi International Airport
Kutaisi International Airport is the second largest airport in the country, after Tbilisi International Airport, and is situated approximately 235 kilometres west of the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.
The airport was opened in 2012 and has since become an important hub for low-cost airlines operating in the region. It is operated by United Airports of Georgia, a subsidiary of the state-owned Georgian Airports Association.
Kutaisi International Airport has a single runway, which is 2,500 meters long and 45 metres wide. The airport’s passenger terminal has a capacity of 1.2 million passengers per year.
The airport serves as the Georgian hub for Wizz Air. Other airlines that operate flights to and from Kutaisi International Airport include Ryanair, Georgian Airways, and MyWay Airlines.
In addition to its commercial passenger operations, Kutaisi International Airport also serves as a base for the Georgian Air Force.
“We have reached an important agreement with our strategic partner. By the end of 2023, there will be 4 Wizz Air aircraft based at the Kutaisi International Airport,” said Irakli Karkashadze, CEO of United Airports of Georgia.
“This will lead to the employment of local staff even more and will create up to 40 new jobs. Also, another based aircraft will guarantee that the airline will be able to optimize the number of flights and frequencies on the existing routes.”
The fourth base aircraft also allows the Kutaisi airport to gradually transform from a small Wizz Air base to a medium-sized base. Which is a prerequisite for further stable development and growth.”