8 APRIL 2013
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It may sound incredible, but will appeal to a certain type of budget passenger; Luton to Dubai might be possible later in the year.
Wizz Air, the Budapest-based carrier has announced it is to become a launch airline when Dubai World Central will open its doors to passengers on 27 October 2013. Direct flights to Dubai will be from Budapest, Bucharest, Kiev and Sofia.
A surprise announcement last week by Paul Griffiths, CEO Dubai Airports, said that nasair of Saudi Arabia and Wizz Air would commence operations into Dubai’s second airport this autumn. Although open for cargo operations it was thought that the new airport would not be used for passenger service until later in the decade. The facilities still have to pass the local safety regulations.
nasair plans to operate over 50 flights per week between Dubai and a number of destinations in Saudi Arabia. The carrier already operates 950 weekly flights to 28 destinations with a fleet of 21 aircraft comprised of Airbus A320s and Embraer E190s.
Wizz Air flies to 30 countries from 16 bases across Europe. It has a fleet of 40 Airbus A320 aircraft operating over 1,500 weekly flights to 93 destinations. www.wizzair.com
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