Wizz Air expands Budapest presence with sixth A320

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Central European low-cost carrier Wizz Air has added a sixth Airbus A320 to its base at Budapest Ferenc Liszt airport.

This marks the third addition to its Budapest operations in three months, giving Wizz Air the largest Budapest-based fleet of any carrier in Hungary, according to the airline.

As part of its ongoing expansion at the airport, Wizz Air earlier this month started direct three-times weekly flights from Budapest to Sofia.

Innovata schedules show that Wizz Air will be the first airline to operate on the route.

Hungary has been in the sight of several European carriers in recent weeks, with Ryanair, Wizz Air, Transavia and Air Baltic all eagerly filling up the gap left by the demise of Hungarian flag carrier Malev.

Ryanair and Wizz Air, in particular, have drawn up plans to operate services to ex-Malev destinations such as Brussels, Gothenburg, London, Madrid, Milan, Rome, Stockholm, Warsaw and Thessaloniki.

The airlines will also be directly competing with each other on routes to Eindhoven, Barcelona, Bologna, Pisa, Palma, Malaga and Rhodes.

Wizz Air has expressed its interest in starting services to additional former Malev destinations - including Moscow, Kiev, Istanbul and Tel Aviv - if it can obtain regulatory clearance.