Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, last week won the Aviation 100 ‘European Airline of the Year’.
The award was received by Owain Jones, Wizz Air’s Chief Corporate Officer, at the Airline Economics Growth Frontiers London 2017 conference gala dinner in London. Aviation 100 praised Wizz Air for its outstanding year of growth, which has seen the company deliver record passenger numbers, further expand its far-reaching network, and announce a game-changing order of 146 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft at the Dubai Airshow. Winners of the high-profile awards, which recognize the year’s most outstanding performers in the aerospace industry, are decided primarily by an industry-wide survey sent out to a global distribution list of more than 10,000 names over a two-month period.
Nominations for each category are also accepted, and are judged using a combination of points awarded for specific criteria. Aviation 100 ranks the top ten performers in each category and the winner receives a coveted outstanding achievement award. “We are proud to receive this prestigious award which once again confirms that Wizz Air is a great business as well as a great airline,” said Jones. “2017 has been a very exciting year for Wizz Air, as we delivered outstanding growth of over 24% as well as record passenger numbers, increasing our route network to over 550 routes across 43 countries and introducing a number of innovative enhancements to our customers’ experience. Our order of an additional 146 latest-technology Airbus A320neo family aircraft will enable us to continue to grow over the upcoming decade, meaning ever-more low-fare travel opportunities across Europe and beyond as we continue our drive to become Europe’s undisputed lowest cost airline.
In 2018, we intend to remain focused on stimulating customer demand and making low-cost air travel accessible for all, while delivering a great experience on-board one of the youngest aircraft fleets in Europe”. Wizz Air is the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, operating a fleet of 87 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft, and offering more than 550 routes from 27 bases, connecting 145 destinations across 43 countries. At Wizz Air, a team of approximately 3,500 aviation professionals delivers superior service and very low-ticket prices, making it the preferred choice of 23.8 million passengers in the financial year ending 31 March 2017. Wizz Air is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker WIZZ and is included in the FTSE 250 and FTSE All-Share Indices. Wizz Air is registered under the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Operational Safety Audit (IOSA), the global benchmark in airline safety recognition.