Wizz Air has been slowly building an empire of discount flights in Eastern Europe. It’s modeled after the uber-successful RyanAir (which is now Europe’s second biggest airline).
Wizz Air originally started from Budapest airport but now has bases in these airports:
Belgrade, Bucharest, Budapest, Cluj-Napoca, Craiova, Debrecen, Gdańsk, Iași, Katowice, Kiev, Košice, Kutaisi (from 23 September 2016), Lublin, Poznań, Prague, Riga, Sibiu (from 19 August 2016), Skopje, Sofia, Târgu Mureș, Timisoara, Tuzla, Vilnius, Warsaw and Wroclaw
Now we all somehow expect fares in Eastern Europe to be ultra-low – don’t we?
However Wizz Air has a number of flights that stretch into the Middle East and Central Asia and they are just as cheap!
For many days in the upcoming 6 months the airline offers the one-way from/to Budapest to Dubai, UAE and Baku (Azerbaijan) for just ~$61 one-way!
Now Central Asia is one of my favorite travel regions. It’s usually not dangerous, things are great value and summers have great weather. It also helps that I speak Russian which is often more widely understood than English.
Now to make things even better Wizz Air is opening a new base at Kutaisi International Airport in the middle of Georgia (the country, not the state).
From Kutaisi it is planning flights to Berlin, Cyprus and Sofia among others – often starting at EUR 9.99 one-way. That’s exceptional value!
Tbilisi (Things to do) is a great city with fantastic food and just 3 hours drive from Kutaisi. It’s also just at the edge of the Europe region for most award programs (i.e. United Mileage Plus charges just 30,000 miles in Economy to get there one-way). The Black Sea resort town of Batumi is just 2 hours to the west of Kutaisi.