Wizz Air has announced that due to the Covid-19 impact, it has suspended flights from all of the airline’s destinations to Italy, with immediate effect. Additionally, flights to Tel Aviv and Eliat, Israel were halted on 12 March 2020.
In a bid to contain the coronavirus, lockdowns within Italy has led Wizz Air to decide to suspend flights from London Luton to Bari and Catania. Similarly, the implementation of a 14-day quarantine period for arriving passengers to Israel, steered the airline towards postponing flights to Tel Aviv until 23 March 2020.
At the end of February, Wizz Air began to cut connections to numerous destinations, including Italy, as it saw a decrease in demand for flights in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. Since then, ABTA warned the industry that the situation in the country could change quickly, leading to Wizz Air and rival airlines such as Easyjet and Ryanair to temporarily cancel connections.
The airline has stated that its difficult to predict the impact that the outbreak will have on its new financial year that will begin next month but, has claimed that it is debating to cut a further 10% of flights in April and June. In order to address the financial implications of the Covid-19, measures such as “significant” cutting of cost overheads, spending and the pausing of recruitment are underway.
Passengers have been reassured that they will be informed of any affected flights and accommodated an alternative route at the earliest possibility. Those who booked from the airline’s website are able to rebook or get a refund for any interruptions.