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HUNGARY’S LOW-COST WIZZ AIR PROLONGS SUSPENSION OF OPERATIONS TO, FROM UKRAINE

Hungary’s low-cost airline Wizz Air has prolonged the suspension of its operations to and from Ukraine until June 15 inclusively, as a result of the extension of travel restrictions imposed by the Ukrainian government. The airline said last week that for passengers with bookings affected by flight suspensions 120% of the original fare will automatically be uploaded to the customer’s WIZZ account, with the amount to be used in the next 24 months for the purchase of Wizz Air products and services.
In addition, passengers can also opt for a cash refund – which will take longer to complete – and will be informed about the necessary steps for a bank transfer or transfer to a bank card in a separate e-mail. In this case, customers will be eligible for only 100% of the original fare.
Passengers who made their bookings via travel agencies – including online travel agencies – should get in touch with the company from which they purchased their tickets.

HUNGARIAN WIZZ AIR READY TO FOCUS ON EXPANSION IN UKRAINE

Wizz Air, the Hungarian low cost airline, invested more than $100 million in a new base at Lviv International Airport, which it is planning to open on July 1, 2020, Wizz Air Chief Commercial Officer George Michalopoulos said.
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HUNGARIAN WIZZ AIR TO OPEN BASE AT LVIV AIRPORT IN UKRAINE

The Hungarian low-cost airline Wizz Air on July 1, 2020 will open a new base at the Lviv International Airport, where it will place one Airbus A320 aircraft.
“It will become the second airline’s base in Ukraine. In addition, Wizz Air announces the opening of seven new routes to Billund (Denmark), Tallinn (Estonia), Lisbon (Portugal), Hamburg (Germany), Szczecin (Poland) from Lviv, and also from Kharkiv to Tallinn and Berlin (Germany),” the airline said on Wednesday.

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HUNGARY’S LOW-COST AIRLINE WIZZ AIR SUSPENDS FLIGHTS FROM/TO SIKORSKY KYIV AIRPORT

Hungary’s low-cost airline Wizz Air has suspended its flights from/to its hub in the Igor Sikorsky Kyiv International Airport due to the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers on the temporarily closure of most Ukrainian airports. The airline said in a statement on Tuesday that flights from/to the Kyiv airport are annulled for the period from March 24 through April 14, 2020.
“Passengers with bookings affected by flight suspensions will be automatically informed via e-mail, in case the customers booked directly on wizzair.com or via the airline’s mobile app. 120% of the original fare will automatically be uploaded to the customer’s WIZZ account, with the amount to be used in the next 24 months for the purchase of Wizz Air products and services,” the airline said.
Passengers can also opt for a cash refund – which will take longer to complete – and will be informed about the necessary steps for a bank transfer or transfer to a bank card in a separate e-mail. In this case, customers will be eligible for only 100% of the original fare.
Passengers who made their bookings via travel agencies – including online travel agencies – should get in touch with the company from which they purchased their tickets, the airline said.
“Wizz Air sincerely apologizes for the disruptions the travel ban could bring to the customers and assures that safety and well-being of its passengers and crew remains the airline’s top priority,” the airline said.

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HUNGARY’S LOW COST WIZZ AIR PLANS TO CARRY 2.4 MLN PASSENGERS TO/FROM UKRAINE

Hungary’s low cost airline Wizz Air Holdings Plc plans to carry around 2.4 million passengers to/from Ukraine in 2019, which is 60% more than in 2018, Wizz Air Holdings Plc Chief Marketing and People Officer Johan Eidhagen said at a press conference in Kyiv on Tuesday.
He said that in January-September 2019, the airline carried 1.8 million passengers, which is twice more than a year ago.
Currently, the airline flies from four Ukrainian cities: Kyiv, Lviv, Kharkiv and Odesa, but from March 2020 also plans to start flying from the Zaporizhia airport.
Wizz Air, the largest low cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, offers flights on more than 600 routes from 25 bases, connecting 145 destinations in 44 countries. The airline fleet consists of 120 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft.
By the end of 2019, the company intends to carry 40 million passengers.

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HUNGARY’S LOW COST WIZZ AIR LAUNCHES SIX FLIGHTS FROM ZAPORIZHIA

The Hungarian low cost airline Wizz Air Holdings Plc launches flights from Zaporizhia to Gdansk, Wroclaw, Krakow (all from Poland), Vienna (Austria), and Vilnius (Lithuania).
This was announced by Human Resources Director at Wizz Air Holdings Plc Johan Eidhagen during a press conference in Kyiv.
According to him, flights will be operated twice a week, in particular, to Gdansk on Mondays and Fridays (from March 30), to Wroclaw on Wednesdays and Sundays (from March 29), to Budapest on Thursdays and Sundays (from March 29), to Vienna on Thursdays and Sundays (from March 29), to Krakow on Wednesdays and Sundays (from March 29), to Vilnius on Mondays and Fridays (from March 30). Their cost is from UAH 569 one way.
“We are always trying to find “diamonds” that have not yet been processed. This is one of the examples when the airport [of Zaporizhia] has developed so much over the past couple of years. There is a great potential for further growth there,” he said.
Wizz Air, the largest low cost carrier in Central and Eastern Europe, offers flights on more than 600 routes from 25 bases, connecting 145 destinations in 44 countries. The airline fleet consists of 120 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft.
By the end of 2019, the company intends to carry 40 million passengers.

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