Wizz Air is planning to add 35 new aircraft to its global fleet this year, meeting the growing demand for affordable air travel. In an interview with Emirates News Agency (WAM), Jozsef Varadi, Wizz Air’s CEO, shared that the company aims to welcome more than 300 new planes in the next six years, targeting a fleet of over 500 by 2030.
Varadi is confident that a considerable portion of this expansion will happen in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE.
Wizz Air aircraft in Abu Dhabi
At present, Wizz Air operates 12 aircraft in Abu Dhabi, with intentions to grow to 50 in the next four to five years. In 2023, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi successfully transported over 3 million passengers, with ambitious plans to hit the 10 million mark in the coming years.
Varadi highlighted Wizz Air’s strong performance, projecting a solid finish to the fiscal year.
Last year saw remarkable growth, with a 20% increase compared to the previous year and a staggering 50% rise from 2020, solidifying Wizz Air’s position as one of the fastest-growing airlines. Currently boasting around 200 aircraft, Wizz Air is set to receive 35 new planes this year, contributing to its goal of surpassing 500 aircraft by 2030.
Despite supply chain challenges, Varadi expects the company’s performance in 2024 to mirror that of 2023, with capacity expansion, especially in Abu Dhabi, where they anticipate up to a 25% business growth.
Varadi emphasized the robust performance of the UAE market for Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, attributing the surge in demand to concurrent business and economic growth. The CEO noted the significant doubling of their business in 2023 and anticipates further growth this year.