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Oct 20, 2017

Hungary's Wizz Air announces it will expand its operations into the UK

The airline has established a new company called Wizz Air UK (London Luton) and plans to begin UK-based operations in March 2018

Hungary's Wizz Air has announced that it will expand its operations into the United Kingdom.

The budget airline has confirmed that it has applied for an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) and Operating License (OL) from the United Kingdom's Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

According to ch-aviation, the airline has establihsed a new company called Wizz Air UK (London Luton) and plans to begin UK-based operations in March 2018.

"It is a natural, next-step in the development of our UK business and will bring additional investment and jobs to our UK base at London Luton," said Wizz Air's CEO, József Váradi.

"The UK remains the single biggest travel market in Europe and we are currently the UK's 8th largest operator and this move is also part of our broader strategy to ensure that our UK operations are Brexit-ready," he added.

Wizz Air UK will register several aircraft in the United Kingdom and will cover many routes traveling out of London Luton. There are currently 421 flights per week on forty routes originating from the airport.

Reports suggest the move is part of the airline covering itself for when the UK leaves the European Union. Other airlines are also looking into rejigging their operations in light of Brexit, including easyjet.