Engine-related groundings constrain Wizz Air capacity growth

Wizz Air passenger numbers edged up year-on-year in May by 2.1% to 5.1 million.

Capacity was constrained to an increase of just 1.2%, reflecting the continuing impact of engine-related aircraft groundings. 

The Hungarian budget carrier was forced to ground 45 Airbus aircraft at the end of March as GTF engines supplied by Pratt & Whitney were recalled.  

The May load factor improved by 0.7 percentage points to 91% over the same month  last year, “reflecting strong management action in balancing passenger volumes and yield progression”.

Last month’s performance gave the carrier a rolling annual total of 62.1 million passengers, a rise of 16.8%.

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