End of domestic service in mid-June
According to the Life in Norway website, Wizz Air will stop flying on the Norwegian domestic service in just over two weeks. From June 14, the carrier’s three routes in Norway will stop serving. They are as follows:
- Oslo Trondheim
These services were operated by two of Wizz Airlines’ A320s, configured to have 180 seats in a single-class configuration.
It wasn’t until October last year that Wizz announced the launch of these Norwegian routes, making their cancellation all the more shocking. According to AirwaysMag, the decision was based on financial and business assessments, with the airline saying the capacity would be shifted to other markets.
Indeed, the airline has had a difficult time with its domestic services in Norway. NewsInEnglish.no points out that the airline had to close its Trondheim base in February due to weak demand and travel restrictions in the event of a pandemic.
Which airlines will fill the void?
With the upcoming end of services, which airlines will exploit the markets that Wizz is leaving?
Unlike other parts of the world where the termination of domestic service has left communities stranded, Norway appears to be fairly well served in terms of domestic air service. Indeed there are three carriers that operate on the roads cut by Wizz:
- Norwegian uses its Boeing 737s
- Wideroe using DHC Dash 8-400
- SAS with its Boeing 737
Indeed, there is a lot of competition on the services. Airlines have multiple services per day on these routes, which makes it quite understandable why Wizz Air has chosen to leave this market.
Start-up Flyr will also enter the market at the end of June, with the intention of operating its first service between Oslo and Troms. The carrier will start with two 737-800s, both around eight years old.
Wizz will continue to be present in Norway, but strictly in an international sense. The airline operates (or will soon resume) routes such as Bergen-Gdansk, Oslo-Katowice, Oslo-Riga and Oslo-Tallinn.
Wizz Air has aggressively expanded its services and reach in recent years, even during this global health crisis. In 2021 alone, Wizz Air added 25 new airports to its network, reflecting the carrier’s future growth ambitions. Earlier this year, the carrier even began operations with its new subsidiary airline in the United Arab Emirates, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi.
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Simple Flying has contacted Wizz Air for comment. At the time of publication, no response has been received.