A low-cost airline has quietly removed a route between Gatwick and an influential European city.

Wizz Air refused to comment on why its three flights a week from Gatwick to popular city break destination Verona, in Italy has been quietly removed from its schedule.

Passengers are no longer able to book the flight after it was spotted as missing from their schedule last month - along with 51 other routes across Europe.

The Argus: Wizz Air no longer has a flight to Verona from GatwickWizz Air no longer has a flight to Verona from Gatwick (Image: Wizz Air)

The first flight to the Italian city took off from Gatwick on December 13, 2022 - but less than one year later the connection to Verona - the home of Shakespearian play Romeo and Juliet - has been severed by Wizz.

The airline was acknowledged as being Europe’s fastest-growing carrier with a fleet total of more than 180 Airbus planes.

In September the Hungarian carrier announced more than 5 million passengers had travelled through the airport since it first started flying from the South Terminal, across its 26 destinations in 16 countries.

The Argus: A street scene in VeronaA street scene in Verona (Image: Wikimedia Commons)

It also announced two new routes from London Gatwick to Hurghada in Egypt and Prague in Czechia which started on Tuesday.

When the route to Verona was announced, Wizz UK managing director Marion Geoffroy said: "We are thrilled to announce the addition of four new routes from our bases at London Luton Airport and Gatwick Airport, which give our passengers an even greater variety of exciting city break and holiday options for Winter and beyond.

"We constantly strive to expand our route network and invest in the UK market, creating more low-fare connections whilst stimulating the local economies around our airport bases."

The Argus: Marion GeoffroyMarion Geoffroy (Image: Wizz Air)

Now the Gatwick to Verona route is only served by national carrier British Airways and budget airline easyJet.

When asked by The Argus why the route had been axed, Wizz air refused to comment "at this time".

This comes amid Wizz Air Holdings share prices falling to lower than during the Covid-19 pandemic and it made a net loss of €535.1 million in the 12 months leading up to March 2023.