Friday 2 July 2021 2:47 pm

Wizz Air passenger numbers triple in a year as the industry eyes recovery

Wizz Air carried around 1.5m passengers this month, a welcomed change from the some 500,000 it ferried in June last year.

The Hungarian airline is set to open a sixth Italian base in Naples, which offers passengers 18 new international and domestic routes, as the industry eyes recovery.

Wizz Air has also confirmed two new routes to Barcelona and Cologne from July, with European holidays the most likely for Brits with cabin fever.

The airline appears to be bolstering its offering, looking to capitalise on pent-up demand after a year of curbed travel.

Shares were up 0.61 per cent in Wizz’s afternoon trading, taking its total share price to 4,759.

Fellow airline Ryanair also posted ballooning numbers, as the coveted green list entices travellers.

“We are ramping up. We are seeing a less constrained environment going into peak summer and quite likely we’re going to be above our 2019 capacity in a month or two from now,” CEO Jozsef Varadi said earlier this month.

The airline boss added that the carrier was largely operating at cash neutral levels.