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Saturday 25 December 2021

A return flight for the cost of a couple of pizzas

In Australia we have to settle for Jetstar's mediocrity but in Europe there are still several budget airlines that deliver affordable getaways to obscure destinations.

OK. You might have to put up with minimal leg room, absurd baggage rules, check-in penalties and other annoyances, but who could resist a flight to Podgorica from London for about the same price as a large pizza.

There might be the risk your carrier goes bankrupt before you can get on board, or that your return flight is interminably delayed, but that's all part of the fun - and you do get what you pay for.

One of the rising stars of budget flying is Wizz Air UK, which this week unveiled new routes from its expanded Gatwick Airport base.

New destinations include Faro, Palma, Larnaca, Catania, Podgorica, Tel Aviv, Chania (never heard of it, to be honest), Mykonos and Funchal (a super destination for wine lovers, although landings can be a bit scary).

There will also be new routes from Milan, Rome, Vienna, Bari and Naples to Gatwick Airport, with those flights operated by Wizz Air Hungary.

Tickets are on sale via and on the airline’s mobile app, starting from £8.99 (yep, under $20). 

Had I been in a position to do so, I could have booked an April return trip to Montenegro for around £50 (that's just $92 for Australians - what a great deal).  

A mixture of year-round and seasonal routes, the new flights will launch from March onwards, Travel Mole reports.

Wizz Air is adding four new aircraft at Gatwick Airport after securing extra landing slots.

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