This week saw the Malta subsidiary of Wizz Air receive its 50th aircraft in the fleet in just six months, as that side of the network continues to grow rapidly.
The subsidiary is only six months and currently operates a staggering 265 routes from the likes of Italy, Albania, Austria, and Romania.
For the subsidiary, the 50th aircraft is 9H-WDK, an Airbus A321neo, via a financing arrangement made with SMBC Group. The aircraft will be based in Rome.
Commenting on this milestone was Diarmuid O’Conghaile, the Managing Director of the Maltese subsidiary:
“We are delighted to welcome a brand new A321neo to Wizz Air Malta’s fleet, which marks its 50th aircraft.”
“Having started operations only six months ago, Wizz Air Malta is now operating up to 200 flights per day from 14 bases in 4 countries.”
“We are proud to have grown so quickly and efficiently, thanks to the amazing team of 1,500 dedicated employees.”
“With more aircraft and routes to come, Wizz Air Malta will continue to reinforce its strong position and expansion plans across Europe.”
Also commenting was Capt. Charles Pace, the Director General of the Civil Aviation Directorate in Malta:
“I would like to congratulate Wizz Air Malta for reaching the 50th aircraft milestone in such a short time. There have been very good working arrangements set up, allowing for an efficient process.”
“I would also like to thank the Wizz Air Malta team, as well as the airworthiness inspectorate within CAD Malta, who made this happen.”
“We look forward to continuing the process to achieve the ambitious target set by the company”.
Wizz Air Malta In The Context of the Group…
The airline was established as the fourth carrier within the Wizz Air Group (alongside Wizz Air Hungary, Wizz Air UK, and Wizz Air Abu Dhabi) to further diversify the Group’s operations, provide enhanced flexibility, and increase the potential for significant network and fleet expansion.
The first Maltese flight departed from Rome on 27 September 2022. The airline now has almost 1,500 employees and serves 265 routes to 96 airports in 36 countries.
More than 80% of its fleet is comprised of new-generation aircraft, underpinning Wizz Air’s commitment to being the most sustainable choice of air travel.
The 50th A320 Family aircraft for the Malta subsidiary will sit 239 seats in an all-economy setup.
Like with its Abu Dhabi subsidiary, the carrier is growing exponentially due to the continued and strengthened demand for air travel within that region of Europe.
Looking ahead, it’s going to be interesting to see what the Summer 2023 season will look like for the subsidiary, especially as more aircraft get delivered in due time.
With the vast swathes of aircraft on order within the group, Malta stands to benefit from this unlocked economic potential that these operations will cause.
For now, it seems that growth doesn’t seem to be stopping, especially as post-COVID demand for travel continues to rise.