Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, announced today a new route from Kosice to Cologne, in Germany. The new service will commence on 25 June, with a convenient schedule of two weekly frequencies, on Thursdays and Sundays, during the summer season, and on Mondays and Fridays, during the winter season. Passengers planning their holiday or a weekend getaway to this great destination, can already book their tickets on wizzair.com from only EUR 19.99*.
Only a week after announcing the exciting route from Kosice to the sunny destination, Tel Aviv, the airline is responding to the growing demand for WIZZ services by Slovakian consumers and launches a new low-fare service to Germany. Starting June, WIZZ passengers from Kosice can discover Cologne's fascinating history, iconic Dom and beautiful architectural buildings. For those willing to extend their trip in Germany, the Rhine River provides a vital link for some of the region's highlights: Düsseldorf, with its great nightlife and fabulous shopping, and Bonn, the hometown of Beethoven.
Wizz Air started its operations in Slovakia from Kosice in 2013 and since then has continuously invested in its ever-growing network, offering now five routes to three countries, bringing more lowest-fare travel opportunities for its customers. In 2015, Kosice airport became the 20th WIZZ base with one based new Airbus A320 aircraft and 42 local crew employees. Wizz Air started operations from Poprad and Bratislava airport in 2014 and 2016, respectively, further expanding its low-fare network from Slovakia.
During 2016, Wizz Air had a 25% growth year over year, carrying over 300,000 passengers to and from the three Slovakian airports: Bratislava, Kosice and Poprad, which supported nearly 230 on-site jobs** in aviation and tourism industries throughout the country. In 2017, WIZZ is offering more than 529,000 seats on sale on Slovakia low-fare routes, which will further stimulate the tourism and aviation industries and will encourage investment in the country. The airline is currently offering a total of 12 low-fare services to 11 destinations in 9 countries from three Slovakian airports, underlining its commitment to offer quality service and truly affordable fares to passengers.
Sorina Ratz, Communications Manager at Wizz Air, said: ”After only a week announcing the route from Kosice to Tel Aviv, today we are happy to bring more positive news for our customers. Starting 25 June, our customers can travel at WIZZ low-fares to Cologne, Germany. With fares from only EUR 19.99* and a convenient schedule of two weekly frequencies, all leisure and business travelers can visit this great region in Germany. We expect this new service to further stimulate bi-directional tourism and strengthen trade and business connections between the countries. We are looking forward to continuing our fruitful collaboration with Kosice International Airport and bringing more low-fare travel opportunities in Kosice.”
Michael Tmej, CEO of Košice International Airport, said: “Opening of the Cologne route is a real milestone not only for the airport, but also for the city and whole Eastern Slovakia. This route will provide a vital link for both leisure and business travelers on both ends. I would like to thank all our stakeholders for the support and also a big THANK YOU to Wizz Air for the excellent cooperation.
Richard Raši, the Mayor of Košice, said: “We are glad that the cooperation with Wizz Air which started back in September 2013 is constantly developing and Wizz Air will fly from Košice not only to UK and Israel, but also to Germany. There more than 60 German companies in Košice and its surroundings and I am convinced that new route will make a significant contribution to the tourism development, foreign investments and trade.”
Renáta Lenártová, Košice vice-mayor and chairman of the board of Košice Tourism: “Direct air link wuth Germany is another proof that international interest in Košice is increasing. I believe that thanks to this route we will attract a lot of tourists. In addition, thanks to this route our partner city of Wuppertal is now much closer to us than ever before, as it is only 45 minutes driving time from the Cologne Bonn Airport.”
Zdenko Trebuľa, president of Košice self-governing region, said: “For the first time in history Eastern Slovakia will have direct air connection with Germany and I am glad that Košice self-governing region can be part of this project. Our region certainly has a lot to offer for both German tourists and investors. Therefore the new route announcement is a significant milestone for us.”
Ondrej Bernát, chairman of the board of Košice Region Tourism: “More than 150 000 tourists from Germany visit Slovakia every year. I believe that thanks to the new route this number will be increased and that many German tourists will explore the beauties of our wonderful region.”
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