19-Jul-2019 | 3 MIN READ | CATEGORY
Wizz Flights to Russia - Coming October 1
Budapest’s Wizz Air has announced new routes to Moscow and St Petersburg from London’s Luton airport beginning October 1.
Wizz Air says that lead-in fares on flights to Moscow and St Petersburg will start from an incredible £25.99 each way.
The news cements Wizz Air position as the largest operator at London Luton airport. Wizz now holds a 40 per cent market share.
Owain Jones, MD at Wizz Air UK, confirmed:
“Wizz Air is giving our customers the chance to travel from the UK to two of Russia’s greatest cities, avoiding high prices and ultra-low fares. We’ll be the only UK carrier flying to St Petersburg and on both new routes, our customers will enjoy Wizz Air’s great travel experience on-board Europe’s youngest and greenest aircraft.”
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Challenges afoot for Wizz Air
Wizz Air are stepping into a space left by British Airways. BA are dropping flights between London Heathrow and St Petersburg from October, claiming that the route is no longer commercially viable.
However, Wizz Air will have its work cut out. Easyjet had planned to serve Moscow from London Gatwick but the route was eventually dropped. Russian airline Podeda launched a service from London Stansted to St Petersburg – however that lasted only a few months.
The reasons? Traditionally, Russia has not been a natural market for Low Cost Carriers whose customers often travel informally and at short notice. Plus, Russia’s enormous tourism market from the UK is held back by expensive visa requirements which will often total more than the original flight cost.