Wizz to station extra A320s at Budapest to fill Malev void

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Central European budget carrier Wizz Air is to capitalise on the demise of Hungarian flag-carrier Malev, by expanding its operation at Budapest.

It will station two more Airbus A320s at the Hungarian capital, adding to the three already there. These A320s will arrive next month.

Wizz will open a new route, to Bucharest four times per week, and plans to raise frequency across its network from the city. The carrier will serve 24 destinations in summer 2012.

The airline has raised annual passenger projections by 40%, to 2 million, and the expansion will take its total weekly flights to 129 - a hike of 93%.

"Wizz Air remains highly committed to Hungary, our homeland," said chief executive Jozsef Varadi - himself a former head of Malev.

Its main weekly frequency changes include adding three more services to London, giving it a thrice-daily operation, while flights will double to Brussels and Eindhoven. There will be daily flights, at least, to Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, Milan and Malmo.