Wizz Air & Ryanair Suspend All Flights To And From Poland

Following yesterday’s announcement that the government of Poland’s decision to “lockdown” the whole nation to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, both Ryanair and Wizz Air will suspend services to the country.

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Two of Europe’s popular low-cost carriers have been forced to suspend flights to Poland. Photo: markyharky via Flickr:

Altogether, no foreign citizens will be allowed to enter Poland, while Polish citizens arriving from abroad will be placed in quarantine. The airline has suspended all its flights to and from Poland until further notice. These initiatives were announced by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

According to a press release, Ryanair’s flights to and from the country will be canceled from Sunday, March 15th to at least Tuesday, March 31st. These cancellations also include flights serviced by the company’s Buzz and Lauda brands.

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Ryanair is updating its customers on the changes that are being made to its flight schedule. Photo: Getty Images

Customer updates

Ryanair is informing all travelers that are impacted by the move by email and it advises customers not to call in while it sorts out the issues.

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“This is a fast-moving and complex situation and the safety and well-being of our people and customers is our main priority. We will continue to comply fully with all WHO and EASA guidelines and we will follow any travel restrictions that are imposed,” the Irish low-cost carrier said.

“Ryanair Group Airlines apologise sincerely to all customers affected by these Government Restrictions in order to combat the Covid-19 virus.”

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Meanwhile, Wizz Air also apologized after being forced to make a similar move. However, there is no proposed return date like Ryanair. The global situation is continuing to develop. Therefore, it makes sense why Wizz has chosen not to mention a specific return date right now.

If a customer had booked tickets to Poland on the airline’s website or on its mobile app, they will automatically be informed of flight suspensions via email. Moreover, 120% of the original fare will automatically be uploaded to the customer’s Wizz account. This can be used in the next 24 months for the purchase of The Hungarian airline’s products and services.

Additionally, customers can instead opt for a 100% cash refund but this will take longer to complete. Those who booked through travel agencies are advised to contact their companies.

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Pretty much every Europe-based carrier has been greatly impacted by the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: Getty Images

Continental drift

It has been an extraordinary week for airlines and travelers with multiple travel restrictions and airport closures implemented. Several carriers were also struggling due to the drops in demand but now aircraft will become further grounded due to governmental policies.

What are your thoughts on how the coronavirus outbreak has been impacting the aviation industry? Have you been affected by the suspensions? Let us know what you think of the ongoing situation in the comment section.

Simple flying reached out to Ryanair and Wizz Air for comment on how the restrictions will impact their operations. We will update the article with any further announcements.

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John

Flew Wizz Air from Budapest to Bari a couple of years ago, a great little airline. It didn’t feel “budget”, more like say Virgin Australia domestic which is full service.

Lee Carrick

I’m currently in Poland and was due home today. Now I’m here for the foreseeable and have no idea when I’ll be able to return to the UK. I was due to start my new job next week but due to lock down I’ve lost my opportunity. Now I’m unemployed as I’ve already left my previous employer! w*f do I do?!

Brendon Sullivan

Cancelled flights to Prague but no refund offered as yet by Ryanair, frustrated.

Chris

No refund from Ryanair.

Suarez Patelli

Wizzair also has a UK airline. Wizz Air UK is a British scheduled airline based at Luton Airport.

Alfie Smith

Ryanair still taking bookings for flights out of Kracow 16/03/2020…..even though the flights are cancelled apparently! No information getting back to customers how come people are flying back from more affected countries to the UK ? But not poland? Stuck here until when ?

Barbara

Stuck in Poland

Barbara

Stuck in Poland , even consulate unable to help me get back to uk

Andre

It seems Wizzair has recently deactivated the option to receive a CASH refund for cancelled flights. The only option left is to rebook or accept Wizzair flight credit towards a future flight. Obviously a violation of the terms and conditions on which the flight was purchased originally.