Wizz Air adds two flights to Romania from central Italy – Travel Radar

Wizz Air has announced two new routes from central Italy to Bucharest and Cluj Napoca. The move is highly functional for the cultural and economic growth of the regions involved.

New routes from Wizz Air

Starting December 13 and 14, respectively, Wizz Air operate the flights from Bucharest to Ancona and from Perugia to Cluj Napoca. Both flights will last 1 hour and 40 minutes and will operate on Tuesdays and Saturdays. The flights will most likely be operated with the latest Airbus A321NEO.

The move was applauded by Perugia airport chief operating officer Umberto Solimero and Marche president Francesco Acquaroli.

But why did Wizzair decide to connect such small regional airports to Romania, and what is the reason for this decision?

The announcement of Wizz Air has generated a lot of enthusiasm © Aeroporti dell’Umbria

How Wizz Air will help local minorities and tourism

To start this analysis we need to know two facts, there are 1.8 million people in Italy who emigrated from Romania and Albania. These minorities are the largest in Italy, accounting for 50% of total migrants, who also tend to be the most established and wealthy. And they all need a connection to their home country.

For the notorious Albanian minority, Ancona and Perugia operated 3 flights a day to Tirana, before the pandemic reduced it to 2. Albawings and Ryanair were the main favorites in this competition before Wizz Air also started flying Perugia to Tirana and Ancona in Tirana as well.

Now Wizz Air has started to realize that the request of the huge Romanian community to connect them to their ţară (homeland) should not be ignored.

Latest cabin ©Wizz Air
The new A321NEO cabin © Wizz Air

Many Romanians travel to central Italy every day to work, meet family, vacation and study. As Romania develops as a country, thanks to air connections from/to other countries, Italians now also have the possibility to visit Romania, the beginning of a strong bond between the two countries . On the aviation side, there are now more than 50 connections between the 2 nations.

Final remarks on new Wizz Air routes

From a cultural and sociological point of view, the new routes not only benefit the cash flow of Wizz Air, but also the connection and understanding between the two sister cultures and promote integration. Seeing this phenomenon unfold, we wonder, once African communities become wealthier and more integrated, will we see an increase in flights to African countries (from regional airports) in the same way that we are now seeing flights between Western Europe and countries of the former Soviet Union?

Let us know your thoughts on Wizz Air’s new routes in the comments below!

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