Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air has announced a new route from John Lennon Airport to a European capital city – its 14th out of Liverpool. Tony McDonough reports
Wizz Air has announced 14th route out of Liverpool John Lennon Airport to the Albanian capital Tirana.
Three times weekly flights are due to start on December 10, 2021, departing on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, with Liverpool becoming the only UK airport outside of London to serve the the east European city.
Tirana has a reputation for being both one of the sunniest and wettest cities in Europe. It enjoys 2,522 hours of sunshine a year and 1,266 millimetres of rain. It is steeped in history having been founded as a city in 1614 as part of the Ottoman Empire. It’s tourism industry has boomed in recent years.
The news follows Ryanair’s announcement in July of 10 new routes out of Liverpool to Italy, France, Sweden and Eastern Europe. This adds to the five new European routes it has added from Liverpool in the first half of 2021.
Paul Winfield, Liverpool John Lennon Airport’s director of aviation development, said: “Throughout the pandemic we have worked closely with Wizz Air who have continued to explore new opportunities for services all across Europe and we are therefore delighted that Liverpool continues to be an important part of their future plans with further expansion of their popular services from here.
“As we continue to recover from the pandemic, we are pleased to be able to create more opportunities for passengers from across the North West and North Wales to travel to a growing number of European destinations with the added convenience of flying direct from Liverpool.”