Airports around the world have had to operate on a much-reduced schedule during the coronavirus pandemic, as non-essential travel has ceased due to restrictive government measures. In the UK, several sites have remained open to deliver essential travel, and Luton recently joined them.
How many flights are still running from Luton?
A total of nine airlines operate out of Luton Airport, all of which had ceased on-site activity until today.
Currently, only Wizz Air has resumed operations at the site, with flight destinations including Sofia and Budapest today.
Wizz has scheduled just four flights today and will continue on 10 percent of its capacity while it delivers essential trips only.
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The airline said they would continue to adhere to the Government’s strict coronavirus guidelines while conducting activity out of Luton, with several protections in place for customers.
Wizz’s “enhanced” safety measures would introduce distancing between passengers and protective gear for cabin crew.
They said airline staff would also hand out sanitising wipes to customers in-flight.
Their flight schedule would also serve select European airports and Israel for the time being.
Luton will operate limited flights to the following locations:
- Targu Mures
- Satu Mare and Timisoara
- Bratislava and Kosice
- Tel Aviv, Israel
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Owain Jones, Wizz Air UK’s managing director, said flight operations have centred around customer well-being and safety.
He said: “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.”
Luton is one of several airports still operating, but the reduced schedule has proved taxing on their resident airlines.
British Airways, one of the UK’s flagship airlines, may not resume operations out of Gatwick even after the pandemic ends.
BBC News said it saw a memo written by the head of BA’s Gatwick hub stating the fact, adding there is “no certainty as to when or if these services can or will return.”
A second letter sent only to pilots added it could not rule out suspending its Heathrow operation as well.
BA also announced it would cut 12,000 jobs from its 42,000 strong workforce due to COVID-19 on Tuesday.
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