Wizz Air suffered a 75% drop in passenger carryings in the year since the Covid-19 pandemic struck Europe.

The Hungarian budget airline saw numbers fall to 10.1 million in the 12 months to March against 40 million in the same period a year earlier.

The figure emerged as the carrier revealed a 2.6% slump in March carryings to 480,203 from 1.7 million in the same month in 2020.

The load factor for the month was down to 62.5% from 92% year-on-year.

Monthly capacity was reduced by almost 60% to 768,113 seats over March last year.

However, Wizz Air continued to expand its network with plans for a new base in Palermo with two aircraft from June and the deployment of a fourth aircraft in Tirana in Albana.

New routes were also announced from Tel Aviv to Greece, from Abu Dhabi to destinations in Kazakhstan and from Poland five new destinations across Mediterranean.