Friday, 3 Jul 2020

Wizz Air announce strict new face mask rule for all passengers

Following Wizz Air’s recent announcement that some operations will resume in May, the airline has introduced strict new safety protocols for staff and crew. Both passengers and crew will now be obliged to wear face masks when travelling with the Hungaryl-based airline.

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Along with mandatory masks, the crew will also wear gloves, and distribute sanitising wipes to passengers for personal use onboard the aircraft.

The airline will also remove all onboard magazines from the cabin.

Flights, which will resume on Friday 1 May from Luton, will now feature a brand new safety video which will outline the new hygiene measures onboard.

The new protocols, which have been developed in line with government protocols, will support physical distancing during boarding as well as throughout the flight.

Customers are being asked to check-in for all flights online, and make any additional inflight purchases such as seat upgrades or additional bags, online prior to their journey.

Purchases onboard are “encouraged” to be made using contactless payment, to minimise the need for physical contact.

Airline bosses add that a stringent daily cleaning schedule will remain in place, with the entire aircraft being disinfected overnight.

Owain Jones, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK said: “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.

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“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.”

From 1 May 2020, flights will be departing to many top holiday hotspots.

Destinations on offer include Budapest in Hungary, Belgrade in Serbia; Bratislava and Kosice in Slovakia, Lisbon in Portugal, Tenerife in Spain; and Tel Aviv, Israel.

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There are also eight locations in Romania which include Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Craiova, Iasi, Suceava, Targu Mures, Satu Mare and Timisoara.

Wizz Air chief executive Josef Varadi told Travel Weekly earlier this week that planes will not be filled to capacity for social distancing.

He said: “The industry will have to address physical distancing.

“In the first few months planes will not be filled.”

It is not yet known if the Foreign and Commonwealth’s (FCO) current travel advisory will be lifted by this time.

At the moment the FCO is advising Britons against all non-essential travel for an indefinite period of time.

The FCO says this is “due to unprecedented international border closures and other restrictions.

“All countries may restrict travel without notice.” 

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