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Wizz Air Tops Ancillary Revenues Chart as Pandemic Slashes Fares

September 14, 2021

Travel Weekly – UK

Rates for add-on services such as checked baggage and assigned seating were higher for airlines as the pandemic forced fares to be slashed last year, new data reveals.  Wizz Air emerged as the top carrier out of 27 airlines in terms of ancillary revenue as a percentage of total revenue in 2020.  The result came at a time when passenger traffic and sales fell by more than half.  Four airlines managed to surpass the 50% threshold for ancillary revenue, led by Wizz Air, up by more than ten percentage points over 2019 to 55.9%.  Ryanair was in seventh position at a level of 36.7%, a year-on-year rise of 2.2 points.  The results are published today (Tuesday) in the CarTrawler Yearbook of Ancillary Revenue by data firm IdeaWorksCompany.

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