Published on August 26th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Diarmuid Ó’Conghaile confirmed as MD for Wizz Air Malta

IAA Regulator and CEO Designate Diarmuid Ó’Conghaile has been confirmed as the new Managing Director of Wizz Air Malta. This follows the surprise announcement of his resignation on 10th August. His resignation will take effect on 31st October. In May Wizz Air announced it would launch a new Maltese subsidiary in October following on from similar subsidiaries already established in Abu Dhabi and the UK.

Confirming the news, József Váradi, Group CEO of Wizz Air, said: “We are delighted to welcome Diarmuid in this newly created Officer role at Wizz Air. We look forward to benefiting from his industry experience and leadership skills.

“His role as Managing Director of Wizz Air Malta will be instrumental for delivering our next phase of growth in the coming years. Wizz Air Malta is at the cusp of an exciting journey and the establishment of this new subsidiary will help to reinforce Wizz Air’s strong position and support its ambitious expansion plans in Europe.”

Mr Ó’Conghaile said: “I am delighted to be joining the Wizz Air team in the role of Managing Director of the new group airline Wizz Air Malta and I look forward to building its network and operations, as well as supporting Wizz Air’s wider strategic business plans going forward. WIZZ is a major player in European aviation with a compelling strategy for the future.”

Mr Ó’Conghaile is no stranger to Malta having previously held the role of CEO, Malta Air, the Ryanair Group subsidiary based on the island operating around 120 aircraft.

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Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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