Wizz Air is discontinuing all air traffic in Norway from June 14. This was communicated to E24 in an email by Andras Rado the Wizz Air communications director.
He noted that the decision is based on financial and commercial assessments and that the company is moving capacity to other markets.
However, the Wizz air is to retain its Norwegian base and will continue to fly passengers in and out of the country (Norway).
“The last seven months have shown that it is not financially sustainable for the company to move capacity to Norway on a commercial basis when all other airlines receive assistance and, therefore, do not operate on market conditions”, the communications director says.
“I would not be surprised if the company stopped its domestic investment”, the leader of the Norwegian Pilot’s Association Yngve Carlsen told the Dagens Næringsliv newspaper.
“However, I am not surprised if this is the case. I’d think that Wizz Air’s business case was based on Norwegian not succeeding. With a reconstructed and refinanced Norwegian, as well as Flyr, SAS, and Widerøe, their numbers will probably not go up,” Carlsen said.
Wizz Air’s business establishment in Norway last autumn has been controversial, not least due to the company’s attitude towards trade unions.