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Wizz Air launches UK licence bid ahead of Brexit

Opening its base in June

Hungarian-based airline Wizz Air has applied for a UK licence ahead of Brexit. It plans to set up a Wizz Air UK subsidiary at London Luton Airport, where it currently operates 41 routes. This will begin in March 2018 subject to receipt of an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) and Operating Licence from the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

The firm pledged to employ more than 100 people in management, pilots and cabin crew roles at Luton by the end of next year.

It follows the airline opening its first base in the UK at Luton in the summer.

Wizz Air chief executive Jozsef Varadi said:

"It is a natural next step in the development of our UK business and will bring additional investment and jobs to our UK base at London Luton. "The UK remains the single biggest travel market in Europe and we are currently the UK's eighth largest operator, and this move is also part of our broader strategy to ensure that our UK operations are Brexit-ready. "We look forward to working with the CAA to take this application forward."

– Jozsef Varadi