BREAKING! Wizz Air Will Start Direct Flights To Minsk Spring 2020

Our dreams have finally come true! Starting next spring, the Hungarian low-cost air carrier Wizz Air will start regular flights to Minsk.

The news was made public by the director of the Aviation Department of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Belarus Artem Sikorsky.

According to the director of the department, the aviation administration of Hungary wants to sign a corresponding memorandum with Belarus in the near future.

The Budapest-Minsk flights are expected to be carried out seven days a week starting the spring of 2020. The routes to regional cities or other capitals of the EU have not yet been discussed.

Wizz Air is a Hungarian low-cost airline with its head office in Budapest. The airline serves many cities across Europe, as well as some destinations in North Africa and the Middle East.

With more than 270 aircraft on order, Wizz Air has the largest orderbook among European airlines, above Lufthansa with 208. In 2018 the airline transported 33.8 million passengers.

Belarus Ministry of Transport has previously states its interest in low-cost airlines launching flights to regional cities of Belarus. Then the ministry adopted a strategy on the development of regional airports which involved, in particular, the creation of a low-cost base in Grodno.

Belarusian authorities also reported talks with the Hungarian side regarding Wizz Air but didn’t hint on any particular terms of the low-cost’s arrival. In May, Belarus and Hungary authorities met to consider a possibility of coming of Wizz Air low-cost airline to Grodno airport.

Waiting for low-costs

The coming of low-costs to Belarus has been on the table for a long time.

Transport officials of various levels have repeatedly mentioned talks with Ryanair and Wizz Air, but without any results.

They said there were no obstacles to budget airlines coming to Belarus, but for their own willingness. The Belarusian government is not ready to provide subsidies to foreign carriers.

Meanwhile, the national airline Belavia is working to improve its attractiveness to passengers. The company has recently introduced a free stopover in Minsk for transit passengers, launched direct flights to Estonian Tallinn and announced plans to start selling baggage free tickets.

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