The Wizz Air Pilot Academy Programme has been officially launched in Bulgaria. The programme will offer people with little to no pilot experience the opportunity to earn their passenger pilot licence and start working for the Hungary-based low-cost airline. Wizz Air will use the Tréner Kft. pilot school in Nyíregyháza, Hungary, and the Egnatia Aviation school in Kavala, Greece, and will give out loans covering 45,000 euros – two-thirds of the tuition fees. The pilots will pay off that loan during the first five years of their Wizz Air career.
“We are thrilled to launch the Wizz Air Pilot Academy in Bulgaria, one of the most important countries in our network,” said Diederik Pen, executive vice president and COO at Wizz Air. “We believe that the programme is the perfect opportunity for young Bulgarian aspirants to accomplish their dreams of becoming a pilot.”
The Hungarian airline is training new pilots as it seeks to expand. The company’s fleet currently has 100 airplanes and amongst its targets for the next 10 years is to fly 300 airplanes, carrying 100 million passengers annually, numbers which would make it one of the top five airlines in Europe.
Wizz Air considers Bulgaria one of its most important markets – the company’s market share in the country is over 30 per cent and employs a total of 350 people, 100 of which are pilots, 70 of which are Bulgarian.
Wizz Air will soon start recruitment in Bulgaria for courses starting in September with in Greece, and in November in Hungary.