Wizz Air plans continued network expansion in 2017 on the back of an 18.2% boost in passenger carryings last month.

The central and eastern European budget carrier flew more than two million passengers in October with an improved load factor of 90%.

The figures gave the airline a annual rolling total of 22.1 million passengers, a rise of 19% year-on-year.

The airline is to open its 26th base in Europe in Chisinau, Moldova, in March and plans 12 new routes from Poland.

Santander in Spain is to become the 130th airport on the carrier’s network.