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Wizz Air becomes first Hungarian airline with a European operating license

Hungary will continue to be the Member State supervising Wizz Air Hungary's operations.

Wizz Air Hungary has announced that as of August 1, 2020, the airline’s operating licensing authority will be the European Union Aviation Safety Agency, or EASA.

The company said the regulatory change would support Wizz Air Group’s multinational expansion, connecting its fleet of 126 aircraft — from the state-of-the-art Airbus A320 family — to more than 160 cities in 46 countries.

EASA oversight will provide the airline with a higher degree of cooperation with national civil aviation authorities in the airline’s current and future markets.

“Wizz Air Hungary is the first airline to be licensed by the European Aviation Safety Agency,” said József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air Group.

According to Patrick Ky, Executive Director of EASA, the European operating license was invented for airlines like Wizz Air, which have several bases in EASA Member States.

Wizz Air Hungary’s aircraft continue to operate under Hungarian registration, and the airline’s operating and route licenses remain the responsibility of the Hungarian Civil Aviation Authority.

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