Wizz Air has announced five new routes from Abu Dhabi International Airport. The routes will connect the capital of United Arab Emirates with Budapest and Bucharest from June, with Cluj-Napoca, Katowice and Sofia to be added from September.
The airline is implementing new protocols – in line with government regulations – to support physical distancing during boarding and enhanced cleanliness on board.
Wizz Air has taken the decision to make 1,000 positions redundant in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The figure representing a 19 per cent workforce reduction at the low-cost carrier.
Wizz Air has grounded around 85 per cent of its fleet and mooted the possibility of a complete suspension of services. While capacity at the low-cost carrier fell by only 30 per cent year-on-year in March, much larger cuts are expected next month.
Flights to and from London Luton and Kutaisi, Georgia, will be suspended until April 20th, while flights between London Luton and Tirana, Albania, will be suspended until April 3rd.
Customers who booked directly with the carrier will be automatically informed of flight suspensions via e-mail and automatically refunded 120 per cent of the original fare in airline credit.
Wizz Air has reached a total of 60 million UK passengers since its first flight from London Luton to Katowice, Poland, in 2004. In 2019 alone Wizz Air has flown over 9.2 million passengers, representing a 26 per cent growth year-on-year.
This December, Wizz Air connects Edinburgh Airport with Warsaw and Gdańsk in Poland, Budapest in Hungary and Bucharest in Romania. These new services will see an increase in capacity of almost 250,000 seats on Wizz Air’s Scottish routes in 2020.
The new venture will be Wizz Air’s first airline established outside of Europe and is likely to compete with the recently announced low-cost offering from flag-carrier Etihad Airways and Air Arabia.