We continue our monthly analysis with Hungary’s Wizz Air. Therefore, we present the most comprehensive and latest operations performance report about the Hungarian low-cost carrier. We looked at Wizz Air’s flight volume, punctuality, and reliability in August. Here are the results!

Wizz Air: August Performance Report — Flights, Punctuality & Reliability

After analyzing some of Europe’s flag carriers (e.g., Air France) and Wizz Air’s main competitors (e.g., Ryanair, easyJet), we want to know how the Hungarian low-cost airline performed in August. Therefore, we checked the latest performance figures and analyzed Wizz Air’s operational performance. As a result, we provide you with details about Wizz Air’s flight volume, conduct a comparison to pre-COVID, and take a closer look at punctuality and reliability in August. However, if you want to discover Wizz Air’s performance from February to July first — here’s the link you need.

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Wizz Air — August Performance Summary

  • In August, Wizz Air grew its flight volume by 30% for the second consecutive month in a row.
  • With a volume of almost 24,000 flights, Wizz Air is one of Europe’s biggest airlines and operated more flights than some major flag carriers (e.g. Air France).
  • Wizz Air is one of the rare airlines, that operates more flights than pre-pandemic.
  • In terms of punctuality, the airlines performs weaker than many low-cost competitors but stil above the European average.

Wizz Air — Flight Volume

Wizz Air increased its volume by 30% for the second consecutive month compared to the previous month. Moreover, from May to August, Wizz Air has grown its flight volume by almost 20,000 monthly flights. Therefore, compared to the monthly average in 2021, Wizz Air is up 300% in August. However, there’s still a considerable gap in terms of flight volume compared to the biggest European low-cost carrier (Ryanair, easyJet)

Wizz Air Flight Volume August '21
Flight Volume August ’21
Wizz Air Flight Volume August vs. prev. month
Flight Volume August vs. prev. month
Wizz Air Flight Volume August vs. annual average
Flight Volume August vs. annual average

Wizz Air — Pre-COVID Comparison

This is probably the most exciting and amazing result of their performance report. Wizz Air is a rare European (and actually global) airline that operates more flights than pre-COVID. When comparing August figures to 2019, Wizz Air is up almost 20%.

Overall, it seems that low-cost airlines —so far— have recovered much better than legacy airlines. While flag carriers such as British Airways struggle with 30%-40% of pre-COVID volume, airlines like Wizz Air, Ryanair, or Vueling have >80%.

Wizz Air — August Flight Volume vs. pre-COVID
Wizz Air — August Flight Volume vs. pre-COVID
Wizz Air — August Flight Volume vs. pre-COVID (%)
Wizz Air — August Flight Volume vs. pre-COVID (%)

Wizz Air — Punctuality and Reliabiltiy

Punctuality
Punctuality remains Wizz Air’s weak point. As a result, although Wizz Air massively improved its on-time performance in August, the carrier continued to deliver weaker results than Ryanair or easyJet. Nevertheless, and worth mentioning, that Wizz Air’s performance is still above the global and European average.

Punctuality counts the number of flights that arrive +15/-15 minutes to their scheduled arrival time and relates that to the overall number of performed flights.

Reliability
Unlike its weak punctuality, Wizz Air delivered an extraordinary result in terms of schedule reliability. Out of almost 24,000 flights, the Hungarian carrier had to cancel only a few. As a result, Wizz Air achieved a flight schedule reliability by nearly 100% in August.

Reliability counts the number of flights that actually have been operated and relates to the overall number of scheduled flights. Subsequently, the gap to 100% is flights that have been canceled.

Wizz Air - On-Time Performance August
Wizz Air – On-Time Performance August
Wizz Air - Flight Schedule Reliability August
Wizz Air – Flight Schedule Reliability August

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