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Belfast International nets Wizz Air to Vilnius flights

Belfast International Airport added to its ‘basket’ of destinations with the start of Wizz Air’s direct flights to Europe’s basketball capital, Vilnius Lithuania.

The Lithuanian Honorary Consul, Bill Sinnerton, says that the flights are a ‘lifeline’ for the 20,000 Lithuanians who have made Northern Ireland their home.

Mr Sinnerton says the route, starting this week (Wednesday) will benefit both families and business people exploring new business opportunities in the Baltic state.

Last month, Wizz Air, which is the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, commenced a direct service to Katowice in Poland. The airline will operate a twice weekly service to both cities with fares starting as low as £39.99**.

Wizz Air last year carried almost 16 million passengers, up 18% on the previous year, and operates a network of 380 routes from 21 bases.

Mr Sinnerton said: “This service to the capital city will be a lifeline for the 20,000 Lithuanians and their families. It will mean affordable direct flights both for them and their relatives who wish to visit them in Northern Ireland.

“As the Minister for Finance, Simon Hamilton, said recently, increased air connectivity has the potential for significant economic benefits. It will help boost trade and there’s no doubt that tourism will greatly benefit.”

Wizz Air’s Daniel de Carvalho said: “Vilnius is an incredibly beautiful city with one of the largest surviving medieval quarters in Europe which is included in the UNESCO World Heritage site. The architecture is stunning but there are also many other attractions to visit and plenty of things to do.”

Belfast International Airport, Graham Keddie, said: “Vilnius will be a hugely popular destination, but it works both ways. We want to develop trade links with Lithuania, and now we can access the market direct from Belfast International and that has to tick a box as we strive to become more export-focused. We will be working alongside Wizz to ‘sell’ Northern Ireland to drive up visitor numbers and boost local tourism.”

Pictured above: l to r, Bill Sinnerton - Lithuanian Honorary Consul, Aislinn O'Connor, Mantas Rudzionis and Alan Whiteside - Operations Director BIA.

About Wizz Air

Wizz Air is the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, *operates a fleet of 55 Airbus A320 aircraft and offers over 380 routes from 21 bases, connecting 110 destinations across 37 countries. At Wizz Air, a team of approximately 2,200 aviation professionals delivers superior service and very low ticket prices making Wizz Air the preferred choice of 16 million passengers in 2014. Wizz Air is listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker: WIZZ

*Source: Innovata, on the basis of scheduled departing seat capacity for the period 1 April 2014 until 30 Sep 2014, inclusive. Central and Eastern Europe (CEE) is a region comprised of Albania, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Kosovo, Latvia, Lithuania Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine. ** One-way price including all taxes and non-optional charges

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