Wizz Air To Restart Operations At London Luton

Today, Wizz Air announced that it will reopen its base at Luton Airport on May 1st. With this move, the low-cost carrier will be restarting select routes, along with introducing new hygiene measures. 

Wizz Air Plane
Wizz is hopeful for a better climate within the aviation industry next month. Photo: Wizz Air

Revised approach

Last month, the airline halted operations at London Luton due to the global health crisis. However, it now feels that it is in a better position to resume services at the airport.

According to a press release sent to Simple Flying, the Hungarian outfit will follow government regulations and support physical distancing during boarding and enhanced cleanliness during flights. It also advises passengers to check-in and make additional purchases online to reduce non-essential contact with staff.

While on board, flight attendants will be required to wear masks and gloves. Meanwhile, they will distribute sanitizing wipes to each passenger. Moreover, the operator will continue to undergo a rigorous daily cleaning process. Each plane will be entirely disinfected overnight in line with official guidelines.

Wizz is planning to fly to the following destinations from Luton from next month:

  • Hungary: Budapest
  • Romania: Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Craiova, Iasi, Suceava, Targu Mures, Satu Mare, and Timisoara
  • Serbia: Belgrade
  • Slovakia. Kosice and Bratislava
  • Portugal: Lisbon
  • Spain: Tenerife
  • Israel: Tel Aviv
Wizz Air Aircraft
Despite the drop in demand, Wizz is eager to restart services. Photo: Wizz Air

Time for a comeback

Wizz Air managing director Owain Jones said that the restarted flights would be useful for those who genuinely need to fly. Amid all the suspensions, there are still people who need to travel across the continent.

“As we restart selected Luton flights to provide an essential service to passengers who need to travel, our primary concern is the health, safety and well-being of our customers and crew,” Jones said in the press release.

“The protective measures that we are implementing will ensure the most sanitary conditions possible. We encourage our customers to watch our new video on how to stay safe when travelling, as well as for more details on our new health and safety measures.”

Wizz Air A321
The airline was forced to ground most of its aircraft in March. Photo: Wizz Air

Challenging times

Even though Wizz has ambitious goals, there are likely to be only a handful of passengers on these operations at the beginning. Additionally, the services are subject to global flight restrictions, which will be reviewed once again next month. Nonetheless, with several members of the public relying on flights such as these, there will no doubt be some appreciative customers on these flights.

Simple Flying reached out to Wizz for comment on how restrictions will impact the airline’s plans. A spokesperson shared that the airline will resume flights on a select number of its Luton routes to allow for essential travel at this time. Additionally, it expects demand for these flights to grow gradually.

What are your thoughts on Wizz resuming services at London Luton? Do you think that this is a good move for the airline right now? Let us know what you think of the situation in the comment section.