Wizz Air launches 18 new Gatwick routes with tickets as low as £9

Mar 29, 2022

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Wizz Air has launched 18 new routes from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) from today, with some tickets to mainland Europe going for less than the cost of a London Travelcard.

The Hungarian carrier will be based at Gatwick’s newly-opened South Terminal, which had been closed for two years while the airport weathered the pandemic, but opened last Sunday to welcome selected airlines back under its wing.

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One of its most highly-anticipated new arrivals was Wizz Air – Europe’s third-largest budget carrier – which will now operate a total of 25 routes from the airport.

One-way tickets to some Italian destinations start at £8.99, including Bari, Milan, Naples, Palermo and Venice plus Vienna in Austria. A London one-day travelcard for zones 1 to 4, on the other hand, currently costs £10.60.

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Wizz Air flight availability from London Gatwick Airport (LGW) to Milan Malpensa Airport (MXP) in May, 2022, with prices ranging between £8.99 and £52.99. (Image courtesy of wizzair.com)

When and where do Wizz Air’s new Gatwick routes fly to?

  • Bari (from 28 March)
  • Bourgas (from 11 April)
  • Faro (from 27 March)
  • Milan (from 27 March)
  • Naples (from 27 March)
  • Palermo (from 29 March)
  • Rome (from 27 March)
  • Palma (from 27 March)
  • Larnaca (from 12 April)
  • Varna (from 13 June)
  • Venice (from 27 March)
  • Vienna (from 27 March)
  • Catania (from 11 April)
  • Podgorica (from 9 April)
  • Tel Aviv (from 27 March)
  • Chania (from 7 April)
  • Mykonos (from 2 June)
  • Funchal (from 28 March)

“Today’s route launches signify the start of an exciting new chapter for Wizz Air UK at Gatwick airport as we embark on the summer travel season,” said Wizz Air’s U.K. managing director Marion Geoffroy. “Through this significant expansion, we are reaffirming our commitment to providing low-fare connectivity to our customers in London and the south of England.”

Related: Gatwick Airport eyes post-pandemic expansion, will add second runway for regular use

Gatwick chief commercial officer Jonathan Pollard added: “Wizz’s expansion and commitment to Gatwick marks the start of an exciting time for the airport as well as the airline, coinciding with the reopening of Gatwick’s South Terminal.

Related: Gatwick’s South Terminal reopens after lying dormant for two years

“Wizz’s growing range of destinations is excellent news for passengers across London and the south-east, providing more choice and competition to in-demand destinations.”

Does Wizz Air have a loyalty programme?

No, Wizz Air doesn’t have a traditional loyalty programme and you can’t earn points and miles for your flight beyond those earned from the credit card you have paid with.

However, you can make the cost of your Wizz Air fare even lower with Wizz Discount Club.

A yearly membership for Wizz Discount Club costs:

  • €29.99 per year for the member and one companion
  • €59.99 per year for the member and up to five companions.

Members (and their included companions on the same booking) receive the following benefits on Wizz flights:

  • At least €10 discount per flight (discount varies based on ticket price and route)
  • At least €5 discount on each checked luggage purchase
  • Access to exclusive sales and other offers.

The yearly membership fee can be easily recouped on a single booking, especially if travelling with someone else and paying for checked luggage. If you are planning to book more than a few Wizz flights each year, it could be a great investment. You can join Wizz Discount Club here.

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Wizz also has a more expensive membership scheme called Privilege Club. At €199 per year you’re provided with free seat selection, priority boarding and a free full-sized cabin bag. However, to recoup the cost of the membership over the course of a year you would need to fly very regularly with Wizz Air.

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