Red Sea resort Eilat is among four destinations to which Wizz Air will launch flights from London Luton this winter.

Starting on 28 October, Wizz will serve the Israeli city's Ovda airport twice a week from Luton. FlightGlobal schedules data shows no other direct links between the UK and Eilat, to which Wizz will also conduct winter flights from Bucharest, Riga and Warsaw.

The airline's other planned new routes from Luton – all to be operated twice weekly from December – will serve Grenoble in France, Verona in Italy, and Tromso in Norway.

EasyJet will be a direct competitor on the Grenoble route, FlightGlobal schedules data indicates. Wizz alone will link Luton with Verona, though the Italian city is served from London Gatwick by both British Airways and EasyJet. That same airport will offer London's only other Tromso flights, operated by Norwegian.

Wizz Air UK, a new unit formed as part of the central European low-cost carrier's Brexit contingency plan, operates eight Airbus jets from its London Luton base. Its new routes from the airport will join eight already launched this year – to Athens, Bari, Bratislava, Larnaca, Lviv, Reykjavik, Tallinn and Tirana – and bring the total number to 51.

The airline says it has increased its operations at Luton 10% year-on-year.

Source: Cirium Dashboard