Published January 12, 2023 at 11:00 am
Wizz Air
The airline low cost Wizz Air inaugurated Budapest two new routes to Djeddah and Riyadbringing the number of lines to the first city to seven and to the second to ten. But it will also close its Cardiff baseAt the end of January, it will no longer be offering any flights.
Since January 9 and 10, 2023, the Hungarian low-cost flight specialist has been offering flights from its base at Budapest-Ferenc Liszt two flights a week on Tuesday and Saturday respectively to Djeddah-King Abdulazizand Monday and Friday to Riyadh-King Khalidoperated by 239-seat Airbus A321neo. A third Saudi destination, Dammam-King Fahdwill be inaugurated in April in Budapest, with rotations on Thursdays and Sundays, increasing its capacity to Saudi Arabia to over 53,000 seats a year.
The country is now the 43rd to be served from Budapest, where the sales manager said: " Saudi Arabia is rich in heritage and history, and is fast becoming the next big tourism hotspot thanks to Saudi Vision 2030. We're delighted to be linked to this market and the opportunities it offers both to tourism in the Kingdom and to Hungary, as well as to growing business opportunities. ".
Last August, Wizz Air announced 20 new routes to Saudi Arabiawhere it now offers (subsidiary Wizz Air Abu Dhabi included) :
In Wales this time, Wizz Air has announced the closure of its base at the airport of Cardiffopen to spring 2021 but where it is officially facing "high operating costs" in the midst of a "difficult operating environment". 
The managing director of Wizz Air UK, Marion Geoffroy said on Tuesday according to the BBC " We are unable to continue operating from Cardiff Airport. We sincerely apologize to our customers in Wales and South West England for the disruption and inconvenience this will cause. Our priority now is to ensure that all affected customers are contacted directly with clear advice on their options, and to look after our Cardiff-based colleagues and team. ". Affected customers will receive "a refund of 120% in air credit, a cash refund of 100%, or an alternative flight from one of its other bases".
The low-cost carrier's ninth UK base now only hosts two routes this winter, from Milan and Bucharestwhose two weekly A321neo rotations will be discontinued on January 25. Rotations to Alicante, Corfu, Faro, Heraklion, Lanzarote, Larnaca, Palma de Mallorca, Sharm El Sheikh and Tenerife had already been suspended for the winter, due to lack of demand. But they will not be relaunched in spring 2023.
The employees from the Welsh base will be offered the chance to join those in London (Gatwick and Luton).
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