Wizz Air (LON:WIZZ), the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, posted its passenger statistics for May 2019.

Shares in the company were trading slightly higher during mid-morning trading.

The Hungarian airline flew 3,470,889 passengers in May, a 22.4% rise compared to the 2,836,380 figure from the same month a year prior.

The low-cost people carrier also added 9 new routes from/to Poland and Ukraine, in addition to opening a new Polish base in Krakow.

Additionally, Wizz Air was named 2019 Airline of the Year by Air Transport Awards, the only international prizes that award all the main categories of the air transport industry, the company added in its announcement.

In May, the company also celebrated 15 years of operation, in addition to reaching the 200 million carried passengers milestone.

Wizz Air boasts a fleet of 113 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft, offering over 650 routes from 25 bases, connecting 146 destinations across 44 countries.

The company is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is included in the FTSE 250 and FTSE All-Share Indices.

In April, the airline confirmed that trading in the fourth quarter of its financial year is in line with expectations and net profit for the year will be at the upper end of its guidance range.

Elsewhere in aviation, several airlines have been battling for survival as of late, with WOW air suspending all flights amid financial difficulties.

Lufthansa (ETR:LHA) posted a deeper loss for its first-quarter of 2019, citing higher fuel costs. It lost €342 million, which is almost nine times deeper than that of the first-quarter a year prior.

Equally, airlines have begun to reveal the damage caused by the global grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, with American Airlines (NASDAQ:AAL) posting a $350 million blow.

As of 10:31 BST Tuesday, shares in Wizz Air Holdings plc (LON:WIZZ) were up 2.02%.

Shares in Deutsche Lufthansa AG (ETR:LHA) were up 2.16% as of 11:27 CEST Tuesday.

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