Wizz Air eyes entry to EU-US air freight transport market

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Budget airline Wizz Air recently applied for a transatlantic licence at the US Department of Transportation as it wants to start cargo charters between Europe and the US. Although the Hungarian air carrier has only one cargo plane, the news still stirred the waters in the US.

Wizz Air eyes entry to EU-US air freight transport market
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The Budapest-based airline has applied for an “initial foreign air carrier permit” to carry out cargo operations between Hungary and Washington. The news comes as the company’s chief executive Jozsef Varadi is targeting a £100m bonus, reports The Telegraph.

A WizzAir spokesperson confirmed the news and added that the company is planning to use an A330 freighter aircraft owned by the Hungarian Government and operated by the airline.

The purpose of this request is to secure any possible future commercial cargo operations to and from the United States” a WizzAir spokesperson told City AM.

While the aforementioned cargo plane is the only one operated by the company, the news about the possible westward expansion surprisingly stirred the waters in the US.

US pilot representatives lodged objections to Wizz Air over its anti-union stance and labour practices, questioning whether the carrier’s policies would endanger flight safety, reports Proactive Investors.

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