Wizz Air to Open New Training and Education Centre in Budapest

Emerging Europe’s biggest airline Wizz Air plans to open a new training and education centre close to the Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport in Hungary by the end of 2018. It will be the largest aviation related training centre in the region and one of the most advanced in central and eastern Europe.

The 3800 square metre facility will feature two new state-of-the-art Full Flight Simulators, one Fixed Base Simulator as well as a brand new Cabin Emergency Evacuation Trainer and a Real Fire Fighting Trainer device. It will also include 14 training rooms, an office area, a large lobby and a common break room.

“By the end of 2018, we will have an international team of over 1000 pilots and 2000 cabin crew to be trained on a recurring basis. These numbers could triple in 10 years, as a result of Wizz Air’s expansion,” said Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer at Wizz Air Diederik Pen. “This new facility will enhance our training and recruitment capabilities and reinforce our commitment to our best-in-class training standards, whilst supporting the rapid growth of our company.”

The two flight simulators will be provided by Civil Aviation Trainings Solutions (CAE) for 10 years.

“We are proud to support Wizz Air for the training of its pilots and the operations of its training equipment,” said Nick Leontidis, CAE’s group president. “We are delighted to extend our partnership with Wizz Air and to support their growth with our comprehensive training solutions.”

Wizz Air already operates more than 600 daily flights from 28 bases, connecting 141 destinations across 44 countries. As the airline continues its strong growth across Europe with more than 20 per cent year-on-year, and looks to triple its fleet in the upcoming decade, the new modern centre will allow the company to increase its training capacity to up to 100 crew members daily, growing to more than 250 in the future, while maintaining the highest standards.