LCC Wizz Air to set up another base in Ukraine

The Hungarian low-cost carrier is to stage another aircraft and launch seven new routes from the country in July

Wizz Ukraine The airline will base one Airbus A320 aircraft at Lviv’s Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (Wizz)

Hungarian low-cost carrier (LCC) Wizz Air is to set up a new base at Lviv in Ukraine from July 2020, making it the second and newest Wizz base in the country. The airline will base one Airbus A320 aircraft at Lviv’s Danylo Halytskyi International Airport (IATA code: LWO) and, along with the establishment of the new base, will start seven new services to Billund in Denmark, Tallinn in Estonia, Lisbon in Portugal, Hamburg in Germany and Szczecin in Poland from Lviv, as well as to Tallinn and Berlin from Kharkiv.

In order to comply with current Covid-19 specific travel requirements, Wizz Air has recently announced several new measures to support physical distancing during boarding, and enhanced cleanliness measures for each aircraft. The budget airline is asking passengers to make their bookings online where possible, including online check-in and baggage drop-off, as well as opting in for contactless payments for in-flight purchases.

Wearing masks on-board is now obligatory for all crew and passengers, thus all customers are reminded to travel wearing masks. With its aircraft thoroughly cleaned several times a day and disinfected overnight, the crew members will also distribute sanitising pads to passengers at boarding, as well as observing seat distancing for passengers on flights where load factors allow.

George Michalopoulos, chief commercial officer at Wizz Air, says: “We are pleased to announce the expansion of our Ukrainian route network while at the same time implementing enhanced health measures. Today marks a great milestone in the history of Wizz operations in Ukraine as we announce the opening of a base at Lviv with five new routes starting from July. We are also announcing the launch of two new routes to Kharkiv. This investment underlines our long term commitment to the country.”

In the meantime, following the extension of quarantine restrictions set by the Ukrainian government, the no frills carrier has prolonged the suspension of all of its routes to and from Ukraine up to May 11 inclusive.

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