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Wizz Air Opens Base in Rome

Today Wizz Air opens its base at Rome Fiumicino airport. The newly opened base further strengthens Wizz Air’s presence in Italy, and is a strong testimony to its commitment to developing the Italian network. With 4 Airbus A321 aircraft at the country’s capital and biggest aviation market, at Rome Fiumicino airport and with the launch of 32 new services, Europe’s fastest-growing airline continues to grow its Italian offer in order to provide passengers with a wide variety of destinations with fares as low as 19.99EUR. 

Wizz Air’s history in Italy dates back to 2004 when the very first flight departed from Bergamo to Katowice, Poland. Since then, the airline has carried over 40 million passengers to and from the country. In little over 12 months, Wizz Air has also deployed 19 aircraft across Italy and operates a total of 261 routes to 91 destinations in 33 countries. This dynamic growth represents a +80% increase in capacity since the announcement of the establishment of the airline’s first base in Italy in the spring of 2020.

Wizz Air’s continued investment in the market will support stable, post-pandemic recovery of the Italian tourism sector, as well as boost economic growth in the country and provide long awaited low-fare and high quality services for passengers craving for a little holiday after such a long lockdown.

Today’s announcement comes as the European Union introduces the EU COVID-19 certificate, also known as the “Green pass”. The EU Digital COVID Certificate will facilitate safe and free movement of citizens in the EU during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The certificate will be introduced and accepted in all EU Member States and will become available starting from today, 1 July 2021. It will help to ensure that restrictions currently in place can be lifted in a coordinated manner. When travelling, the EU Digital COVID-19 Certificate holder should in principle be exempted from free movement restrictions: Member States should refrain from imposing additional travel restrictions on the holders of an EU Digital COVID Certificate, unless they are necessary and proportionate to safeguard public health.

The opening of Wizz Air’s newest base in Italy today reinforces the airline’s pledge to an environmentally-conscious operations. With a fleet based in Italy of an average age of 0.9 years consisting of the most efficient and sustainable Airbus A320neo family single aisle aircraft currently available, Wizz Air’s carbon-dioxide emissions are the lowest among European airlines in FY2020 (57.2 gr/km/passenger). Thanks to the largest order book of over 244 aircraft from the state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo family, the airline has made a commitment to further cut its environmental footprint by 25% for every passenger until 2030, alongside over 60 sustainability initiatives, including carbon offsetting, fuel efficiency and noise reduction.

Iuliia Tore