Low-cost airlines Wizz Air opened a new training centre in Budapest, built with a budget of 30 million euros. The facility, equipped with two full flight simulators, has capacity to train 300 pilots and flight attendants at a time.
Wizz Air chief József Váradi said that in 2018 the company has launched 130 new flights and employed another 1,000 people. So far, Wizz Air has made investments worth 2.6 billion dollars and its turnover has been up 20% since last year. By opening the new facility, Wizz Air has moved all its training activities to Budapest, Váradi said, and added that the company employed 250-300 new pilots and 500 flight attendants annually.
The ceremony was attended by Tamás Menczer, state secretary at the foreign ministry, who said that helping Hungarian companies to export opportunities and facilitating high value-added investments were top priorities for the government. He argued that Wizz Air had a crucial role in those endeavours and noted that the airlines provided access to Budapest from 67 airports in 31 countries.