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Flying Wizzair.

Flying Wizzair.

I have flown Wizzair 4 times this year and This is my 5 cents about the airline.

What is Wizzair?

Wizzair is a new airline. It was founded in 2003 in Hungary and is now by far the biggest airline in Hungary. Thye have almost 100 planes flying to more than 150 destinations these days. They are a low cost airline with no thrills, but often with very cheap prices.

 

What are the planes like with Wizzair?

The planes I have flown have been quite new Airbus planes, that seemed well kept. The space is not very great when you are sitting. You feel here that this is a budget airline. I think the seating on the planes is ok for up to 2-3 hours, but I would not want this for a long haul flight.

 

The cabin crew on Wizzair.

The cabin crew onboard Wizzair has so far been a very positive surprise for me. Very cheerful and helpful all the time. Not like some other budget airlines, where you feel that the staff is tired and overworked. And they have had time to talk to the passengers and not just walked endlessly up and down they aisle screaming “scratchcards Scratchcards”.

Luggage rules are very strict on Wizzair.

Luggage rules are very strict on Wizzair.

The luggage fees on Wizzair.

Now this is where Wizzair get’s a little tricky and annoying. The only hand luggage that is free on Wizzair is a tiny bag. If you want to bring on, what most people consider a regular carry on bag to the cabin, then you have to pay for it. If this is not done in advance, then you have to pay a fairly steep fee for it. This also creates some very very long lines when the passengers board the plane, because there are always quite a few passengers who try to argue their way out of paying extra for their carry on bag. You will not succeed in arguing though, as this is how they make their money. So be prepared when it comes to luggage and read the small print carefully, or your cheap ticket could end up costing quite a bit more.

 

Onboard service on Wizzair.

This is a budget airline, so you won’t even get a glass of water for free. Everything has to be paid extra for. Good news here though, is that it’s quite cheap to buy food and drink onboard Wizzair, compared to most other airlines. On one flight I bought some wine which was fairly ok priced and it was Hungarian which I liked. I hate when all you can get is the usual cheap french wine that everyone else serves. Nice to see that they use Hungarian wine, which is better than many people will think.

Hungarian wine on Wizzair.

Hungarian wine on Wizzair.

Foam party on the plane.

One odd experience I had was when I was flying between Porto and Budapest in may 2017. They had just cleaned the ventilation system on the plane, but they had not managed to get all the soap out of the ventilation system. This resulted in soap foam coming out of the wall on the plane. The staff tried to stop the foam coming out, but putting paper towels in to the ventilation system. some passengers were very uneasy about this. But the crew had clearly been told to just fly anyway. I’m pretty sure that many airlines would have stayed an extra half hour on the ground, to make sure that did not have the passengers covered in foam. But the money thing clearly played in here. I personally just took it from the humorous side and told them to stop sticking paper towns in to the wall and to put on some dance music instead. My suggestion about a foam party on the plane was taken with a nervous smile from the cabin crew. they were clearly worried that some passengers would maybe panic if foam kept coming to of the wall.

How to fix broken ventilation on a plane.

How to fix broken ventilation on a plane.

My overall judgement about Wizzair.

After having flown Wizzair a few times my conclusion is: I will happily fly them again on shorter stretches, as they deliver a fairly ok budget product. Forget about overseas flights with Wizzair though. I’m not sitting jammed in to the seat with no free food and drink for 5-10 hours. Overseas, I will stick to the full service airlines, even if I have to pay extra. And I am very happy that Wizzair serves many smaller destinations in Eastern Europe, where I love to travel.That alone will mean that I will be back on more Wizzair flights in the future. If you want to give them a try, then you have a link to the airline Here

Claus.

Getting ready to fly again.

Getting ready to fly again.

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1 Comment

  1. Love your honest look at Wizzair. Agreed, an overnight seems like too much of an ordeal.

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