The Albanian capital of Tirana has been unveiled as the third new base created by Wizz Air in less than a week.

The low cost carrier’s 30th base will serve eight countries with 15 new routes flown by three Airbus A320s from July 1.

The airline started serving Tirana in 2017 and is now adding 800,000 seats across 25 destinations while creating 100 jobs.

New to the network are Beauvais, Charleroi, Eindhoven, Mulhouse, Karlsruhe/Baden-baden, Hamburg, Berlin, Frankfurt Hahn, Prague, Heraklion, Rhodes, Bari, Catania, Milan Malpensa and Torino.

The Tirana expansion follows the creation of new Wizz Air bases in Larnaca and Milan and more flights from Luton airport.

Chief executive Jozsef Varadi said: “After three years of successful operations we are dedicated to bringing more affordable travel to our Albanian customers while helping ramp up the local tourism sector.

“Our long-term commitment to Albania by bringing further connectivity to Tirana and Albania will help foster economic ties with other countries.

“Opening our base and allocating three aircraft is a step forward to strengthening our long term presence in Albania.” 

Tirana airport chief executive Constantin von Alvensleben added: “This means fair competition between airlines, more passengers when our borders will be open, affordable ticket prices and travel opportunities for the people.  

After the difficult months of Covid-19, the essence of success tastes better and it gives us our optimism back. 

We are confident that this new base in Tirana of Wizz Air will bring more economic growth to the region, a signal that we all want at this very moment.”