The largest low cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe yesterday announced plans to commence flights from Coventry Airport.

Wizz Air hopes to operate three flights a week to Katowice, one of the largest cities in southern Poland, from July 28 next year.

The airline will become the second carrier to operate from Coventry Airport, which is currently awaiting the out-come of a Public Local Inquiry to build a terminal for up to two million passengers a year.

Alan Robinson, chief executive officer of Coventry Airport, said: "We are absolutely delighted that Wizz Air has chosen Coventry as its Midlands base.

"Coventry and the West Midlands region has strong historical links with Poland and a service to Katowice will be great news for the Polish community, businesses and leisure travellers."

John Stephenson, Chief Commercial Officer of Wizz Air, said the airline hoped to become the airline of choice for passengers travelling from the UK to Central and Eastern Europe.

"Our entry onto the Midlands market is in line with our goal to become the airline of choice for the UK travellers to Central and Eastern Europe," he said.

"We believe that our new passengers from Midland will enjoy our low fares and excellent services as much as our Polish travellers."

Alan Durham, the director of international trade at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the news that Wizz Air would be flying in and out of Coventry.

He said: "Poland is a very interesting market. By coincidence, we had already organised an event for this evening at the Chamber with the British Polish Chamber of Commerce and I am sure this will crop up in discussion." ..SUPL: