Grodno Authorities Meet Hungary Ambassador To Talk Wizz Air Flights

Belarus and Hungary authorities are considering the coming of Wizz Air low-cost airline to Grodno airport.

The issue was discussed at the meeting of Hungarian ambassador to Belarus Zsolt Chutora and the Chairman of the Grodno regional executive committee Vladimir Kravtsov on 2 May.

“According to the Hungarian guest, the coming of the Hungarian budget airline Wizz Air to Grodno is being worked on,” the website of the Grodno regional executive committee reported.

Wizz Air has a fleet of 105 aircraft and operates mainly in the Central European market.

Belarus Ministry of Transport has previously voiced its interest in low-cost airlines launching flights to regional cities of Belarus. 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.

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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