The Avion Group has opened its new flight training centre at London Luton Airport (LLA) in the UK.

The facility is located close to the airport terminal.

Under a long-term agreement with Wizz Air and IAGO Flight Training, the facility will train Wizz Air’s Luton-based pilots and those at other European bases.

Avion Group CEO Erik Varwijk said: “London Luton Airport is the home base of Wizz Air and continues to see steady growth. We are opening the Avion Flight Training Centre here to meet the needs of Wizz Air and other A320 customers.

“The industry is looking for training solutions that are cost-effective, risk-reducing, and, at the same time, bring flight training to the highest possible level. Avion is breaking new ground in aviation by addressing these needs locally to companies of all sizes.”

The pilots will receive training in the full-motion simulator, which has been approved by the UK Civil Aviation Authority and European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

The simulator is said to feature ‘industry-leading’ training scenarios and has been developed by Avion.

IAGO Flight Training CEO James Kingdon Leach said: “Taking the training solution to the customer enables us to further support improved cost and resource benefits for the airline training function.

“Our partnership with Avion continues to strengthen, providing a new perspective for market-differentiated, value-based, exceptional flight training.”

In May 2021, LLA approached technology firm Veovo to automate the billing of its aeronautical revenue.

Veovo’s revenue management solution will enable LLA to automate the assembling and processing of billing data in real-time.

This is expected to reduce errors, enhance the cash cycle time, minimise the cost to invoice, and save time.