Wizz Air has today (May 1) restarted operations at its London/Luton base despite ongoing restrictions associated with COVID-19. The low-cost carrier has resumed services to 22 destinations from the gateway for passengers whose journeys are deemed necessary.
New protocols have been implemented by the firm to mitigate the risks associated with the virus. Wizz is encouraging customers to check-in and make purchases of additional bags online to minimise the contact travellers have with its staff.
Throughout each flight, cabin crew will be required to wear masks and gloves and will distribute sanitising wipes to each passenger. Onboard purchases are encouraged to be made by contactless payment, to minimise physical contact.
Owain Jones, managing director of Wizz Air UK, said: “As we restart selected [London] 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. 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 will also be conducting a daily cleaning schedule, with the entire aircraft being disinfected overnight in line with official guidelines. The airline reduced its Luton operations on March 25 following the implementation of a nationwide lockdown two days before.
This latest move comes just days before the British government must legally chair a meeting to decide whether UK lockdown restrictions remain in place. If an extension is granted, it will continue for a further three weeks from May 7.