Central and Eastern European ULCC Wizz Air plans to open a new base Krakow, Poland, where it will base two Airbus A321s.

Krakow is Wizz Air’s fifth base in Poland, joining Gdansk, Katowice, Warsaw and Wroclaw, and is the airline’s 26th base overall.

Announcing the opening on Nov. 21, Wizz said will add its first Krakow-based A321 in May 2019, to be joined by a second A321 in September 2019.

Wizz will use the extra capacity to launch 12 new routes to nine countries from Krakow, starting from April 2019. The new routes comprise Kiev (Ukraine), Bari (Italy), Billund (Denmark), Catania (Sicily), Doncaster Sheffield (UK), Kharkiv (Ukraine), Kutaisi (Georgia), Larnaca (Cyprus), London Luton (UK), Nice (France), Oslo (Norway) and Turku (Finland).

“The base establishment in Krakow represents a $240 million investment by Wizz in Poland and will create 80 new direct jobs with the airline and over 140 jobs in associated industries,” Wizz said.

In September, Wizz announced plans to close its base in Poznan, Poland, from March 30, 2019. At the time, the airline said it would grow its other Polish operations by adding a seventh aircraft at Gdansk and upgrading Warsaw to an all-A321 fleet.

Victoria Moores victoria.moores@informa.com