Wizz Air, a leading low-cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, is to open a new crew training centre in Budapest by the end of 2018.
The new facility will feature two new state-of-the-art Full Flight Simulators, one Fixed Base Simulator as well as a brand new Cabin Emergency Evacuation Trainer and a Real Fire Fighting Trainer device.
The new centre will allow Wizz to increase its training capacity to up to 100 crew members daily, increasing to 250 in the future.
The centre will be located five minutes from Budapest Liszt Ferenc International Airport, and will be the largest aviation training centre in the region. In addition to the three simulators and the cabin trainer, the 3,800 square metre facility will include 14 training rooms, an office area, a large lobby and a common break room.
The two new Airbus A320 Full Flight Simulators will be delivered by CAE, who will also ensure the smooth operations and maintenance of the training devices for the next 10 years.
Wizz Air’s Diederik Pen said, “By the end of 2018, we will have an international team of over 1,000 pilots and 2,000 cabin crew being trained at this new facility on a recurring basis.
“As a result of Wizz Air’s expansion, these numbers could triple in 10 years. The new facility will enhance our training and recruitment capabilities and reinforce our commitment to our best-in-class training standards, whilst supporting the rapid growth of our company.”