Low-cost carrier Wizz Air’s UK branch has resumed its operations from London Gatwick. Tickets are now on sale for 11 destinations throughout the summer, while flights to Athens are already underway. Although none of the destinations are on the UK’s ‘green list’, several routes go to Spain, which has promised to receive Britons without mandatory COVID-testing.
Gradual restarting of routes
On Friday afternoon, low-cost carrier Wizz UK announced it had recommenced flights from London’s Gatwick Airport (LGW). Following the lifting of the ban on international travel by the government, tickets have once more gone on sale for 11 routes out of the UK’s normally second-busiest airport.
The Hungarian-origin budget airline has already recommenced flights from LGW to Athens. On May 27th, flights will recommence to Malta, whereas services to Lanzarote and Malaga will start from June 7th onwards. Wizz says it intends to add services throughout the summer to Krakow, Gdansk, Budapest, Bucharest, Fuerteventura, and Tenerife.
“We’re excited to be finally welcoming passengers back onboard our brand-new Airbus A321neo aircraft at Gatwick Airport as they travel on their long-awaited sunshine breaks. Passengers can rely on our flexible booking policies, our stringent health, and hygiene measures and excellent onboard service. We look forward to gradually restarting more low-fare routes from Gatwick as the summer gets underway,” said Owain Jones, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, in a statement earlier today.
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Flexibility up to three hours before departure
While none of the destinations currently listed from LGW by Wizz are on the UK government’s ‘green list’, Spain (represented by Malaga and the Canary Islands) has said it is forgoing negative PCR test certificate requirements from UK holidaymakers. One-way fares to Malaga start at £12.99 ($18.40).
If opting for the airline’s travel insurance package, this includes COVID-19 coverage and Wizz Flex. The latter allows travelers to change their tickets free of charge up to three hours before departure. Cost is calculated when booking and depends on the length of the trip.
Additional slots for more routes
London Gatwick is Wizz’s third base in the UK after London Luton and Doncaster Sheffield. Not one for being intimidated by pandemics and the lowest air travel demand in history, Wizz opened its LGW base in October 2020. Subsequently, the budget carrier was vexed with slot waivers, causing unused Gatwick slots to remain blocked, something it said was impeding its growth in the London market.
Out of Wizz’s listed routes from Gatwick, only Malaga is new. This could change, seeing as how the airline has slots for a total of 29 new routes from the airport for this summer. However, Simple Flying’s route analyst James Pearson questions whether or not they will all go ahead, and if so, what will happen to Wizz routes serving the same destinations from Luton.