Low cost airline Wizz Air announced that Tirana, the capital of Albania, is going to be its next base from July and also added 15 new routes to eight countries from Tirana International Airport (TIA), bringing the total to 25 destinations from this airport.
The three Airbus A320 aircraft which will be based in Tirana, will support the operations of fifteen new routes to Beauvais (Paris), Charleroi (Brussels), Eindhoven, Mulhouse Euroairport, Karlsruhe/Baden-Baden, Hamburg, Berlin Schönefeld, Frankfurt Hahn, Prague, Heraklion, Rhodes, Bari, Catania, Milan Malpensa and Torino, totaling in over 800 thousand seats on sale to 25 destinations from Tirana in 2020.
“Wizz Air started flying to Tirana in 2017, and since then has carried almost half a million passengers to and from the Albanian capital. We are very happy to welcome the establishment of the new base of Wizz Air in Tirana. This means fair competition between airlines, more passengers when our borders will be open, affordable ticket prices and travel opportunities for the passengers. With the experience of providing low fares, but high quality services in the past years in Tirana, the airline is confident that with the establishment of its newest, 30th base, Wizz Air will bring more economic growth to the region, connect Albania with other European countries”, TIA’s CEO Constantin von Alvensleben said.
József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air Group said: ”We are delighted to announce the opening of our base in Tirana today. Just after three years of successful operations we are dedicated to bringing more affordable travel options to our Albanian customers while helping ramp up the local tourism sector. Our long term commitment to Albania by bringing further connectivity to Tirana and Albania, will create over hundred new jobs and will help strengthen economic ties with other countries. Opening our base and allocating three state-of-the-art modern aircraft is a step forward to strengthening our long term presence in Albania. We are delighted to add fifteen new exciting routes today and keep ourselves to the highest standards of our sanitizing protocols. Our enhanced protective measures will ensure the most sanitary conditions possible on Europe’s greenest fleet.We are confident that Wizz Air’s ultra-low fares and great route network will make travel affordable to ever more passengers.”
The airline recently announced a range of enhanced hygiene measures, to ensure the health and safety of passengers and crew. As part of these new protocols, throughout the flight, both cabin crew and passengers are required to wear face masks, with cabin crew also required to wear gloves.
Since mid March, after the first COVID-19 cases were announced in Albania, TIA’s traffic was reduced. The airport currently remains open for emergency, humanitarian or repatriation flights. The number of repatriation flights is at least one per day. In addition, TIA has one or two cargo flights per day.