Wizz Air launches Istanbul flights from Gatwick and Luton

A Wizz Air aircraft passes overhead in a blue sky.
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European ultra-low-cost carrier Wizz Air has celebrated the launch of new routes from London Luton Airport and Gatwick Airport to Istanbul in Türkiye.

The inaugural flights from London Luton Airport and Gatwick Airport departed yesterday, with flights from both airports now operating daily to Türkiye’s largest city, Istanbul.

A key travel destination, Istanbul brims with historic sights, contemporary art museums and lively cafes. The new route services will likely become a popular addition with the approaching summer peak season.

Strengthened ties with Türkiye

Wizz Air’s new routes will not only serve holidaymakers but also facilitate more convenient travel for local residents visiting friends and family in Türkiye.

In addition to strengthening the UK’s ties with Türkiye, the new routes build on Wizz Air’s continued expansion, with new routes from Gatwick Airport to Antalya, Dalaman, (Türkiye) and Verona, (Italy) and from London Luton Airport to Amman, (Jordan), Bydgoszcz, and Lodz (Poland).

Wizz Air now offers nearly 30 routes from Gatwick and over 60 routes from Luton, where it is the largest operator.

Wizz Air UK statement

Marion Geoffroy, Managing Director, Wizz Air UK said: “We are excited to announce the launch of two new routes to Istanbul from our bases at London Luton Airport and Gatwick Airport.”

“With its striking architecture, buzzing markets and authentic cuisine, Istanbul is a unique city that offers something for every traveller.”


Ms Geoffroy also referred to the deepened commitment to the Turkish market, saying:

“Together with our recently announced routes to Antalya and Dalaman from Gatwick Airport, today’s announcement demonstrates our continued commitment to serving the Turkish market as well as to offering improved connectivity, affordable fares and even more choice to our UK customers.”

“Not only is Istanbul a new destination for Wizz Air, but it is also a brand new destination for London Luton Airport. We look forward to welcoming passengers onboard our young, efficient and sustainable aircraft.”

Gatwick and Luton airports

Stephanie Wear, VP Aviation Development, London Gatwick Airport said: “We are really pleased to welcome Wizz Air’s new route to Istanbul.”

“It adds to the excellent range of destinations Wizz offers London Gatwick passengers and, as the first low-cost offer between Gatwick and Istanbul, provides more competition for people looking to visit this fantastic, historic city.”

London Gatwick has seen something of a surge in demand in recent times, coming partially off the general unrest with Heathrow Airport’s contentious airline fee regimen.

Gatwick Airport set off the New Year of 2023 on a firm footing, turning in a very respectable performance in 2022 as the industry recovered. The recent route additions by Wizz Air perhaps become another feather in their cap.

Jonathan Rayner, Chief Commercial Officer at London Luton Airport said: “Istanbul is a vibrant and historic city that is sure to be a firm favourite with passengers flying from London Luton Airport.”

“It’s always exciting to see a new destination appear on London Luton Airport’s departure boards and Istanbul is the first of several new destinations set to be introduced over the coming months, providing even greater choice as part of the simple and friendly passenger experience that we offer.”

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