Friday 23 April 2021 12:38 pm

Wizz Air aiming for 60-80 per cent capacity over summer

Wizz Air chief executive Jozsef Varadi said that the carrier was planning to fly at 60-80 per cent capacity over the summer months.

Speaking at an aviation conference this morning, the Hungarian airline’s boss said that the situation over the summer would be far better than the current circumstances.

“I’m expecting something between 60 per cent to 80 per cent, and this is the Wizz Air perspective,” he said.

“My view is not demand-driven from the consumer or not supply-driven from the airline, it is the unpredictability of the government actions, and government imposed restrictions.”

Varadi also said Wizz could ramp capacity up to 100% if conditions allowed.

His words come after the low cost carrier said it was in line for a net loss of up to €590m for the full financial year.

With restrictions still in place across much of the carrier’s core European market, Wizz Air has said it is not expecting traffic to pick up until the late summer.

In March, the carrier flew just 480,000 people, about a quarter of the number of passengers it carried the same month a year ago.

However, after a year in which Wizz Air has expanded its network of bases and routes even as other airlines have cut back, it is confident it is set for success when air transport returns.

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