Wizz Air Continues Growth With 179% Increase in Passenger Numbers

wizz air airbus a320 registration HA-LVW seen at EDDB. Photo Credit Joris Wendt/AviationSource
Photo Credit: Joris Wendt/AviationSource

LONDON – Wizz Air continues its growth by reporting a 179% increase in passenger numbers for June 2022.

The airline handled a little over 4.3 million passengers last month, which is 179% better than that of June 2021, offering a load factor of 86.1%.

Below, you can see the full table of information:

The airline has listed some highlights from June 2022, stating the following:

  • Wizz Air has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airbus to explore the potential for hydrogen-powered aircraft operations. The cooperation will allow Wizz Air to analyze the potential for highly efficient, ultra-low-cost hydrogen-powered operations.
  • Wizz Air also announced it will be returning to a systemic jet fuel hedge policy. Given the sustained and ongoing volatility in commodity prices Wizz Air has decided to reinstate a hedging policy and will be aligning it to those of its peers.
  • Wizz Air announced the launching of new routes to Dammam, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from Rome, Vienna, and Abu Dhabi. The new routes are a step toward a growing presence in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, which will offer affordable, point-to-point travel for tourists and residents in the Kingdom, Europe, and the UAE.
  • Wizz Air continuously operates with the lowest CO2 emissions per passenger/km amongst all competitor airlines, with 59.6 grams per passenger/km for the rolling 12 months to 30 June 2022. For the month of June, CO2 emissions in grams per passenger/km were 20.6% lower compared to the same month last year, as we witness an improvement in load factors over the same time.

Does This Correlate?

Data from RadarBox.com

Data from RadarBox.com does correlate the high increases, especially through a 36.08% increase in flight movements from June 25-July 2.

The 841 flights are higher than the same period last year, where 618 flights were recorded. The 841 figure also exceeds the 651 recorded in 2019, highlighting more than a recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wizz Air also experienced triple-digit growth for flight movements at the start of the month, some as high as 180% more than the same period last year.

However, this was a given due to the COVID-19 pandemic encouraging international restrictions on travel to destinations across Europe.

It is also key to note that the 4.3 million passengers handled in June are better than in May 2022, when around 4.12 million were handled.

This means that we are seeing upward growth, especially as the busy Summer 2022 season continues to benefit the airline, even with the scrapping of its base in Doncaster.


Looking ahead, the airline is trying to get through this Summer season without more controversy on its plate.

In May, a Wizz Air pilot was seen ranting at passengers after a seven-hour delay, encouraging passengers to leave if they are not happy with elements that were outside of his control.

Then, early last month, a video was leaked from Wizz Air staff that initially conveyed the view that CEO Jozsef Varadi was encouraging pilots to fly fatigued, although this was taken out of context.

Either way, Wizz Air does seem to be on the up and up, and it will be interesting to see how much further the increases will take the airline in regards to passenger numbers.

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