Wizz Air is opening a new base at Doncaster Sheffield Airport. Alongside London Luton, the base will be the second for Wizz Air UK, the group’s UK-registered and based airline.

    The airline confirms it will base one Airbus A320 aircraft at the Yorkshire airport. Seven new routes will be added to the carrier’s existing 10 routes from Doncaster Sheffield, with the new connections including Alicante, Malaga, Larnaca, Faro, Lublin, Kosice in Slovakia and Suceava in Romania.

    The airline has been operating from Doncaster Sheffield Airport for over 14 years and grown to be the airport’s largest carrier, with over one million passengers every year flying on its central and eastern European routes.

    Wizz Air says the new base will not only increase the annual capacity of Doncaster Sheffield Airport by 150,000 seats but will also contribute to the development of the local economy through stimulating the job market, creating more than 36 direct jobs and over 110 indirect jobs in the Doncaster area.

    Rapid expansion

    Owain Jones, managing director of Wizz Air UK said: “The creation of our second base in the UK is a major milestone for Wizz Air UK, and testament to both our long-term commitment to serving the UK market and the strength of the Wizz Air business model, as we continue to expand our footprint during this challenging time for the industry.”

    “We’re delighted to be introducing new low-fare connections to Doncaster Sheffield, to provide customers with opportunities to explore new cultures and cities or return to their favourite holiday spots. The WIZZ team looks forward to welcoming customers old and new on-board our young and green fleet of Airbus aircraft very soon.

    Wizz Air now has 11 aircraft permanently based in the UK. The announcement follows Wizz Air’s recent new base openings in Bacău, Dortmund, Lviv, Larnaca, Milan-Malpensa, Tirana and Saint Petersburg, and the launch of over 200 new routes across the carrier’s network since April 2020.