Review: Wizz Air Bucharest to Kutaisi (Airbus A320)

In this review, we will take a Wizz Air flight from Bucharest (OTP) to Kutaisi (KUT) on the Airbus A320-200.

Bucharest Otopeni Airport

Like most of my travels, this trip to Georgia and Turkey also started at my home airport: Bucharest Otopeni.

Frequent readers of this website will know by now how much I hate the place, as Bucharest Otopeni Airport is overcrowded, chaotic and dirty, having bizarrely expensive shops and cafés compared to local price levels.

Fortunately, my Wizz Air flight to Kutaisi would only depart at 1.20pm, thereby avoiding the extended morning rush hour queues which hits Bucharest Airport between 4 and 9am and turns the airport in total shambles.

I grabbed an Uber from my home for the 25 minute ride to the airport and arrived about an hour an fifteen minutes before departure, easily managing to clear both security and passport control in just over ten minutes.

From the many dozens or so of Wizz Air flights I’ve taken from Bucharest, I had only one which ever departed from an airbridge. Today’s flight was no exception either, departing from a bus gate in some obscure and slightly hidden part of the basement. Apart from a small café there is barely anything in this area except for four or five benches shared between three different departure gates.

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Queues were fortunately relatively light in the early afternoon at Bucharest Otopeni Airport. ©Paliparan
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Small café in the basement of Bucharest Otopeni Airport. ©Paliparan

Boarding

Having grabbed a coffee from the overpriced café, I waited at the gate until boarding finally commenced.

As I was carrying a trolley bag with me on this trip, I had added Wizz Priority to my booking for 34 RON (7 EUR) extra as this allowed me to bring it on board as hand luggage (otherwise it would have been a small bag only).

Wizz Priority also allowed me to be among the first to board, but given that dozens of others also bought Wizz Priority and we were driven to the aircraft in a packed bus, this wasn’t really a benefit to write home about.

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Boarding the Wizz Air Airbus A320. ©Paliparan

Bucharest (OTP) to Kutaisi (KUT) on Wizz Air
Flight W6 3277
– Airbus A320-200 – Economy class, seat 5A
Departure: 1.20pm – Arrival: 4.30pm
Flight time: 2h10m – Distance: 840 miles
Costs: 20 EUR for OTP-WAW-ZRH

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It takes just over 2 hours to fly from Bucharest to Kutaisi. ©Great Circle Mapper

Wizz air seat

I’ve reviewed Wizz Air countless of times before, so I won’t go into much detail here about the seat, service and other such aspects in this review.

The load of today’s flight was relatively light, with perhaps only 60 percent of all seats being taken. The middle seat next to me remained empty, which was a blessing

Flying Wizz Air is by no means a treat and the seat isn’t especially comfortable, but I still find these older Wizz Air A320s with old-school leather seats much better in quality than the newer planes in the Wizz fleet.

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Seats on the Wizz Air Airbus A320. OK-ish for a 2 hour flight! ©Paliparan
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Fortunately the flight to Kutaisi was relatively empty, with perhaps only 60 percent of all seats taken. ©Paliparan

Departure

Departure was on time on this stifling hot afternoon in July. There were some nice views over the Wallachian plains of Romania as we flew in an easterly direction towards the Black Sea coastline.

The flight from Bucharest to Kutaisi would basically take us from one of the countries on the western shore of the Black Sea to one of the countries on the eastern shore, so most of the time we would be flying above water.

About 20 minutes after departure we flew over the Romanian port of Mangalia and started the stretch over the Black Sea.

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Another Wizz Air Airbus A320 on the tarmac as seen from the plane window. ©Paliparan
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Taking off from Bucharest Otopeni Airport. ©Paliparan
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Flying over the countryside of southern Romania towards the Black Sea coast. ©Paliparan
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Flying over the port city of Mangalia on the western shore of the Black Sea. ©Paliparan

Arrival

More than an hour later, the eastern shore of the Black Sea appeared from my window. While the Romanian coast is rather barren and dry, the Georgian coastline is lush and humid, even featuring subtropical vegetation.

Once we flew over Georgian land, the captain announced our descent towards Kutaisi Airport.

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The eastern shores of the Black Sea as seen from the plane window. ©Paliparan
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Descending towards Kutaisi Airport. ©Paliparan
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Descending towards Kutaisi Airport. ©Paliparan
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Final descent towards Kutaisi Airport. ©Paliparan

Kutaisi Airport

We landed on time at Kutaisi’s small but modern airport. In recent years, Kutaisi David the Builder Airport has developed into something of a low-cost hub, with Wizz Air flying to multiple destinations across Europe and the Middle East.

I was one of the first to disembark the plane. Fortunately, there was no bus waiting and we could walk straight across the tarmac from the plane to the terminal building.

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Kutaisi Airport. ©Paliparan

Immigration

Passport control took a bit longer than expected for an unexpected reason: The female immigration officer was in a chatty mood.

She started off the conversation: “Welcome to Georgia, is this your first time here?”

When I answered it was my fourth or fifth time visiting Georgia, she started to shuffle through my passport pages and noticed my Russian visas and stamps, which triggered some questions where I went to in Russia and for what reason. For some reason she was a bit puzzled as why anyone would want to visit Siberia in winter.

It got even more funny when she suddenly inquired whether I spoke German. She was visibly delighted that I could speak the language as apparently she once studied German in university and doesn’t have many opportunities to speak it in her daily environment.

While still slowly shuffling through my passport pages she started to dwell off completely in German, and by the time she finally put the Georgian entry stamp in my passport most other passengers on the plane had already passed through immigration despite me being one of the first in the terminal!

With the Georgian entry stamp in my passport, I searched the parking lot outside the terminal for my pre-arranged ride to my Kutaisi hotel. Let the Georgian adventure begin!

Trip report index

This article is part of the ‘Khachapuri & Kebabs: A Summer Trip to Georgia and Turkey‘ trip report, which consists of the following chapters:

1. Review: Wizz Air (Airbus A320) Bucharest to Kutaisi (current chapter)
2. A Day in Kutaisi, the Charming Capital of Imereti
3. Caves, Churches and Monasteries – A Kutaisi Day Trip

** rest of the chapters to follow soon **

Koen

Koen works as a freelance journalist covering south-eastern Europe and is the founding father and editor-in-chief of Paliparan. As a contributor to some major Fleet Street newspapers and some lesser known publications in the Balkans, he travels thousands of miles each year for work as well as on his personal holidays. Whether it is horse riding in Kyrgyzstan’s Tian Shan mountains, exploring the backstreets of Bogotá, or sipping a glass of moschofilero in a Greek beachside taverna, Koen loves to immerse himself into the local culture, explore new places and eat and drink himself around the world.

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