Wizz Air plans to resume flights from May
According to Reuters, European low-cost airline Wizz Air plans to resume flights out of Vienna from May 1, Deputy Chief Executive Stephen Jones said in comments reported by Austrian news agency APA on Friday.
Jones told reporters the airline intended to offer connections to 20 destinations including Milan, Valencia and Tel Aviv despite widespread travel restrictions introduced because of the coronavirus pandemic, APA reported.
Airlines will face social distancing and new hygiene protocols when they resume flying and fares “will be crushed”, the head of Wizz Air has warned. Wizz Air chief executive Josef Varadi forecast “a different perspective on health and safety” and said: “The industry will have to address physical distancing. In the first few months planes will not be filled.” Varadi differed sharply from Michael O’Leary, head of Ryanair, who insisted this week “we’re not returning to flying” if governments insist on “social distancing measures like having middle seats empty”. The Wizz Air chief said: “We expect new hygiene protocols. One of the issues will be the airport environment. People spend quite a time at the airport. I’m sure there will be protocols, Travel Weekly wrote.
Speaking on an Aviation Week webcast, Varadi forecast a phased return to flying beginning next month. He said: “We have four aircraft flying now. We are flying only 3% of capacity. On May 1 we’ll have about 10% of the fleet flying. “I think we’ll start seeing some easing during the course of May or into June, I don’t know. What we do know is it is becoming unsustainable. Maybe at the end of May or sometime in June we’ll be at 30%.” Varadi said: “Fares will be crushed. Very low fares will stimulate the market and people will travel. “Airlines won’t resume at the same pace. Some will pick up very quickly. Others will continue to be dragged down. “My expectation is when can start a market we can start at around 30% [capacity] and within two to three months we can ramp up to about 70%, as reported by Travel Weekly.
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