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WIZZ AIR PLANS TO RESUME FLIGHTS FROM UKRAINE TO 10 COUNTRIES

Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air plans to resume flights from Kyiv, Lviv and Kharkiv to 19 cities in ten countries.
Wizz Air will resume flights from Kyiv to Copenhagen, Pardubice, Billund, Vienna, Krakow, Lisbon, Hamburg, Budapest, Naples, Poznan, Bratislava and Katowice in December 2020, according to a press release of the company on Tuesday.
The airline plans to fly from Lviv to Berlin, Szczecin, Bratislava, Pardubice and Vilnius, and from Kharkiv to Krakow, Dortmund, Vienna, Gdansk and Wroclaw.
“The resumption of flights depends on the decision of the authorities to leave or remove this or that country from the list of the ‘green’ zone. Accordingly, in this case, the implementation of these flights will be postponed,” the company said. If the airline is forced to cancel the flight, customers whose reservations have changed will automatically receive a 120% compensation from the initial fare, calculated as a WIZZ credit, which can be used within 24 months from the date of flight cancellation. Passengers can also choose a cash refund.
Wizz Air started operating in Ukraine in 2008. Over the past period, has transported more than 11 million passengers to and from Ukrainian airports.

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WIZZ AIR RESUMES FLIGHTS BETWEEN UKRAINE AND SLOVAKIA

Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air will resume flights from Kyiv and Lviv to Bratislava (Slovakia) from October 2.
The cost of tickets starts from UAH 309, the press service of the company reported on Wednesday.
“The restoration of flights depends on the decision of the authorities to leave or remove Slovakia from the list of countries in the ‘green’ zone. If it is excluded from the list, flights connecting Ukrainian cities with Bratislava will be postponed,” the company said.

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WIZZ AIR REJECTS INFO ON ILLEGAL STAFF LAYOFFS IN UKRAINE

The Hungarian low cost airline Wizz Air rejects information from the European Transport Workers’ Federation (ETF) about illegal layoffs of its employees in Ukraine, the airline’s press service has told Interfax-Ukraine.
“Wizz Air has taken note of media reports alleging that a number of COVID-19 related layoffs in Ukraine earlier this year may have been allegedly illegal in Ukraine. Wizz Air denies such accusations as they are completely unfounded,” the airline said.
The ETF previously reported that Head of Wizz Air Jozsef Varadi threatened to close the base in Kyiv if workers do not agree to terminate the work of the trade union. According to this organization, at the end of July, the low cost company fired four employees involved in the trade union, namely Yulia Batalina, Hanna Teremenko (the head and the deputy head of the trade union), Artem Tryhub (a member of the trade union council) and Andriy Chumakov (a member of the trade union).

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WIZZ AIR PLANS TO RESTART FLIGHT FROM ABU DHABI TO ODESA

The Hungarian low cost airline Wizz Air intends to launch a flight from Abu Dhabi (the UAE) to Odesa from October 2020 due to the opening of an air carrier base in Abu Dhabi. Wizz Air’s press service said the flights will start on October 1 and will be operated on Thursdays and Sundays. A ticket price is from UAH 869 one way.
In addition, the airline launches flights from Abu Dhabi to Kutaisi, Alexandria, Athens, Larnaca and Yerevan.
“We are pleased to announce the further expansion of the Wizz route network in Ukraine, adding a new flight to Abu Dhabi. Since we invite even more passengers to use our services and scale up our activities, we have also introduced new safety rules to guarantee the health and well-being of passengers and crews while traveling with Wizz,” Wizz Air corporate communications manager Paulina Gosk said.
As reported, in early July, Wizz Air opened the second base in Ukraine at Lviv International Airport.
Wizz Air is the largest low cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe. The airline fleet consists of 120 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft.

HUNGARIAN LOW COSTER WIZZ AIR OPENS BASE IN LVIV

The Hungarian low cost airline Wizz Air has opened the second base in Ukraine at Lviv International Airport.
According to the press service of the Infrastructure Ministry of Ukraine, in July the company will operate five new flights from western Ukraine, in particular, from Lviv to Billund (Denmark), Tallinn (Estonia), Lisbon (Portugal), Hamburg (Germany), and Szczecin (Poland).
Wizz Air also plans to expand its route network by opening flights from Kharkiv to Tallinn and Berlin.
“The Ukrainian aviation industry needs to be restored as soon as possible for a further stable functioning and growth. Therefore, it is very pleasant that both Ukrainian and leading international airlines do not lose optimism during the coronavirus crisis, but rather seek new opportunities for development, opening up new popular directions. Wizz Air is a leading low cost company, which was one of the first to enter the Ukrainian market back in 2008,” Minister of Infrastructure Vladyslav Krykliy said.
It is expected that the opening of a new Wizz Air base will bring Lviv more than $100 million investment in 2020 and create more than 30 jobs.
“We are convinced that investments in opening the base and new routes will stimulate the development of the local economy, aviation and tourism,” Andras Sebok, the chief supply chain officer at Wizz Air, said.
The director general of Lviv Airport, Tetiana Romanovska, in turn, noted that 17 directions to different cities of Europe have already been opened from the airport.

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HUNGARIAN WIZZ AIR PLANS TO LAUNCH FLIGHT FROM DORTMUND TO ZAPORIZHIA

The Hungarian low cost airline Wizz Air intends in August 2020 to launch a flight from Dortmund (Germany) to Zaporizhia, due to the opening of an air carrier base in Dortmund. According to Wizz Air’s press service, flights will start on August 2 and will be operated on Wednesdays and Sundays. Ticket price is from UAH 729.
In addition, the airline launches flights from Dortmund to Alghero, Bari, Catania, Naples, Athens, Corfu, Heraklion, Rhodes, Santorini, Thessaloniki, Fuerteventura, Lisbon, Marrakesh, Podgorica, Reykjavik, and Suceava.

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