Budget airline Wizz Air has said 2.6 million passengers booked flights last month despite omicron-related travel rules dampening demand.
The carrier said this was a near-threefold increase on the 666,000 passengers it flew in the same month a year ago, creating a load factor on its planes of 75.4 per cent compared with 56.1 per cent in December 2020.
It meant the airline flew 21.7 million passengers in total in 2021 – up 30 per cent on 2020.
The news comes as the airline announced 14 new routes from Gatwick, including Faro, Palma, Tel Aviv, Mykonos, Milan, Rome, Vienna and Naples. The new flights are slated to launch in March.