Wizz Air

Hungarian low-cost airline
Wizz Air logo 2015.svg

Wizz Air is a low cost airline based in Budapest, Hungary. The airline operates a fleet of 169 aircraft on flights in Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. The airline carried 27.1 million passengers in the 2021-22 financial year.


Wizz Air was founded in 2003 by Jozsef Varadi, the former CEO of Malev Hungarian Airlines. The airline's first flight took off in May 2004.

The company joined the London Stock Exchange in February 2015.[1]

At the 2015 Paris Airshow Wizz Air announced an order for 110 Airbus A321neos. It placed additional orders at the 2017 and 2021 Dubai Airshows. [2]

In October 2017 the airline announced it would be setting up a new London Luton based subsidiary named Wizz Air UK. At the time the airline stated that the reason was to make sure its UK operations were secure in the event of a hard Brexit.[3]

In December 2019 the airline announced that it would be setting up a subsidiary in the UAE capital of Abu Dhabi. Named Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, the new airline operated its first flight in January 2021.[4]

As of October 2022 the airline has 169 aircraft in its fleet, with an additional 329 aircraft on order.[5]


  1. "London Stock Exchange | London Stock Exchange". www.londonstockexchange.com. Retrieved 2022-10-25.
  2. "https://twitter.com/wizzair/status/1460211548622925826?lang=en". Twitter. Retrieved 2022-10-25. {{cite web}}: External link in |title= (help)
  4. Loh, Chris (2021-12-31). "A Look Back: Wizz Air Abu Dhabi's First Year Of Operations". Simple Flying. Retrieved 2022-10-28.
  5. "Wizz Air plans to buy 75 A321neos, targets 500-fleet by 2030". www.aerotime.aero. Retrieved 2022-10-25.