Category Archives: Aviation

Wizz Air opens Belgrade base.

Bases an A320 to operate new destinations from Belrade.

Hungarian low cost airline Wizz Air started it’s operations out of Belgrade on May 10 2010, when starting a flight to London Luton four times weekly, later adding in June flights from Dortmund three times a week. Flights to Malmö and Rome Fiumiciono began same year in the middle of December.

Last week however, the airport became a designated base with Wizz Air basing a designated A320 at Belgrade with the introduction of five new destinations, with: Brussels South, Charleroi (CRL), EIndhoven (EIN) in the Netherlands, Gothenburg City Airport (GSE), MEmmingen (FMM) In Bavaria, Germany, as well as the Stockholm Skavsta (NYO) airport in Sweden.

Wizz Air opens up it’s Belgrade base.

Wizz Air opens its fourth Romanian base in Tirgu Mures

Wizz Air, the largest low fare – low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe announced at a press conference today that it would open its 4th Romanian operating base in Tirgu Mures. Wizz Air will initially deploy one Airbus A320 aircraft and will add 7 new routes to the already existing Budapest and London services:
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To Frequency Starting date
Barcelona (Spain) 3 flights/week Saturday 18th June
Rome Fiumicino (Italy) 2 flights/week Monday 20th June
Paris Beauvais (France) 2 flights/week Sunday 19th June
Milan Bergamo (Italy) 3 flights/week Saturday 18th June
Madrid (Spain) 2 flights/week Sunday 19th June
Dortmund (Germany) 3 flights/week Saturday 18th June
Bologna Forli (Italy) 2 flights/week Monday 20th June
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Wizz Air is not only adding new flights from Tirgu Mures, but also increasing the frequencies to London Luton from 3 to 4/week.
“Five years after Wizz Air launched the first flight from Romania, we are opening our fourth operational base in the country. This is another milestone in our Romanian operations, that indicates our commitment to the Romanian passengers in offering truly affordable fares and a fast growing network. This development will further strengthen our market leadership positions in Romania”, said József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer Wizz Air.
Source: Wizzair.com News Release

Wizz Air Launches flights from Macedonia

Wizz Air, the largest low fare – low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe announced at a press conference today that it would enter the Macedonian market by opening a new route from Skopje to London-Luton, as of 20 June. The flight will be operated initially three times a week.

József Váradi, Chief Executive Officer of Wizz Air said: “As the first low cost carrier in the country, Wizz Air is delighted to offer its services to the Macedonian passengers, who can now enjoy our truly affordable fares coupled with great travel experience all along their journey. Our market entry will boost the passenger traffic and will have an accelerator effect on the local businesses and employment as well. ”
Murat Örnekol, Chief Operations Officer of TAV Airports stated: “We are excited to have Wizz Air, the largest CEE airline, entering Macedonia, and cooperating with Alexander The Great airport in Skopje, operated by TAV, a major global airport company. Our passengers will have the pleasure of cost effective and comfortable flights and we are looking forward to seeing increased passenger traffic.”
All the flights are on sale on wizzair.com with fares starting from as low as EUR 34,99 (one way, all inclusive).
Wizz Air Press Release (www.wizzair.com)

Approximately 100 European citizens evacuated from Libya by Malév aircraft

Photo: malev.com

The Malév Boeing 737-800 carrying Hungarians and citizens of other European countries trapped in Libya touched down at Budapest’s Ferihegy International Airport yesterday evening. The special flight arrived with a total of 96 passengers (including 24 Hungarians) from 10 countries.

The Malév jet was met by Minister of Foreign Affairs János Martonyi and Minister of Defence Csaba Hende. Nearly 50 journalists were at the airport to record the arrival of the flight from Tripoli. Speaking to journalists, the foreign minister mentioned his especial thanks to Sándor Pintér, interior minister, and János Hajdú, head of the Anti-Terrorism Centre (TEK). Furthermore, he expressed his gratitude to Malév Chief Operational Officer Géza Fehérváry, who was also the captain of the special charter flight, and the entire crew who flew into Tripoli. The foreign minister also mentioned the work of the staff of the embassy in Tripoli, who are remaining in Libya.
As regards the repatriation of those who arrived on the aircraft, János Martonyi congratulated everyone for the exemplary cooperation. He said he considered the fact that citizens of 10 European nations, including Romanians, Lithuanians, Poles, Czechs and the Czech ambassador, were brought out to be of particular symbolic significance. This is an excellent example that we Hungarians are capable of working together when we have to, he stressed.


Csaba Hende commented that this “brilliantly executed rescue mission” was decided on by the government at a late evening session on Saturday, when it was agreed that an aircraft of the national carrier would be despatched to Tripoli. Under no circumstances will Hungary leave one of its citizens in trouble, and if needs be we will go for everyone, even to the ends of the earth, he said. The defence minister, too, thanked everyone for their cooperation. Money was not an issue; the important thing was human life and the security of Hungarians, he emphasized.

The crew of the Malév Tripoli flight and the Malév experts who readied the flight fulfilled this unusual mission faultlessly. In addition to maintaining constant liaison with the government and TEK, flight preparations were conducted extremely swiftly, as were the necessary flight authorizations, as a consequence of which flight MA1304 was able to depart for Tripoli on Sunday morning, and where, having touched down, it was only able to make the return journey after a lengthy wait. The reason for the delay was that passengers for the Malév service were able to get into the airport only with great difficulty owing to the chaotic situation at the terminal. Thanks to the efforts of the Hungarian embassy, the Anti-Terrorism Centre, the charity organization Baptist Aid and the crew of the Malév flight, the Boeing was able to take off on the return leg to Budapest at 5.30 pm Hungarian time. It landed at Ferihegy just after 8 pm local time.

Flight crew:

Capt. Géza Fehérváry, chief operational officer, corporate chief pilot
Capt. János Keszőcze, B737 chief pilot
Capt. Zoltán Kozma, manager Flight Supervisory Office
Miklós Werner, first officer, deputy head training

Frigyes Kontra, chief purser
Márton Tegze, chief purser
Iván Reiner, flight attendant
Zoltán Császár, flight attendant

courtesy of malev.com

Source: Malev.com Press Release
All images courtesy of MALÉV.