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German Wizz Air base opens in Dortmund

©Airport Dortmund

©Airport Dortmund

The Hungarian airline is expanding its route network from Dortmund Airport and deploying three Airbus A320s.

In future, Wizz Air will offer 48 destinations directly from Dortmund Airport. New additions are destinations in the Ukraine, Romania, Croatia and Montenegro as well as holiday destinations in Greece, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Iceland and Morocco. The Hungarian airline is also deploying three Airbus A320s at its first German base.

For Dortmund Airport, Wizz Air’s new route network means around one million additional passengers per year. "By opening the base, we will recover from the effects of the Corona pandemic much faster than the industry as a whole. We expect to have already reached 80 percent of our passenger volume by August compared to 2019," says airport CEO Udo Mager. The airport is already expecting 250,000 additional passengers in 2020. With the opening of the Wizz Air base, short-time working will end throughout the entire company. The airport is thus strengthening the location despite the current crisis.

And the economy also benefits from the opening of the base: "We are delighted that Wizz Air is further expanding its flight connections to Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe with its base in Dortmund. This will strengthen economic relations between North Rhine-Westphalia and these regions as well as the commitment to our business location," explains Petra Wassner, CEO of NRW.INVEST.