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The History of Wizz Air

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The Hungarian airline Wizz Air was founded in June 2003 in London by József Váradi and his team, whose members have a wide range of airline expertise. The airline's aim is to offer passengers affordable flights to central and eastern European countries.

Wizz Air's first flight took off in May 2004 from Katowice bound for London-Luton, only 19 days after Hungary and Poland joined the European Union. Just a month later, Wizz Air opened a second base in Budapest. The airline chose to use A320s and signed a maintenance contract with Lufthansa Technik, which enables it to guarantee the highest safety standards and the use of the latest technology.

In the company's first three-and-a-half months, around 250,000 passengers flew with Wizz Air. After a year, the number of passengers had risen to 1.4 million. Today the airline safely transports several million people a year from 12 airports on 150 routes covering the whole of Europe. Flights from Dortmund Airport began in 2004 and, with 13 connections, it is one of the most important airports for Wizz Air in Germany.

The operating airlines of the Wizz Air Group are its three subsidiaries: Wizz Air Poland, Wizz Air Hungary and Wizz Air Bulgaria. More than 1000 people are employed by the company and they work hard to ensure that every flight is a positive experience. Safety is the highest priority for the ticketless airline, alongside an attractive price-performance ratio and the latest technology. With its Wizz Flex and priority boarding services, Wizz Air makes flying a more pleasant and straightforward experience for customers. These services are also available at Dortmund Airport. To make the onward journey even easier for customers, Wizz Air offers the Wizz Taxi service from Dortmund Airport to locations within the Dortmund city boundaries.

On Wizz Air planes, which have only one class, there are 180 leather seats. Seats cannot be booked.

Awards won by Wizz Air

  • Ernst & Young "Brave Innovator" Award 2007: This recognises the contribution made by József Váradi to the breakthrough in the aviation industry in Hungary and the wider region and the business model and business conduct of Wizz Air.

Aircraft at Dortmund Airport

Wizz Air has a fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft with 180 leather seats.