Wizz Air to open first United Kingdom base at London Luton Airport

Wizz Air planes will now fly into Ben Gurion Airport from their Luton base four times a week, on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, with prices starting from less than £70.

Low-priced airline Wizz Air has announced a new route between Luton and Tel Aviv from the end of June, as Israeli tourism chiefs celebrated a ten percent rise in air travel between Britain and the Jewish state in the past year.

Jozsef Varadi the CEO of Wizz Air said: "Today's announcement once again underlines Wizz Air's commitment to the UK". Alongside the development, it intends to increase its presence at the London airport with supplementary routes.

The new routes will connect London Luton with Tel Aviv in Israel, as well as Kosovo and Georgia.

The move comes after the airline warned United Kingdom growth would be tempered after the Brexit vote. Competitors such as Easyjet (LON:EZJ) and Ryanair (LON:RYA) have already felt the impact on revenue, posting disappointing quarterly results.

In total, the airline will operate 42 route from the airport. Similarly, Wizz Air warned in July that result projections would have to be reassessed in the wake of UK's decision to leave the European Union, halving growth expectations.

Wizz Air carried some 5.5 million passengers to and from Romania in 2016, up 23% on the year.

Wizz Air is now the second largest air carrier operator at London Luton Airport, having transported over 5 million passengers in 2016.

The carrier said it expects the number of passengers from its London base to grow 13% year-on-year in 2017.

Vanessa Coleman

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