Wizz Air launches new routes to Canary Islands despite Spain remaining on quarantine list

Budget airline Wizz Air has launched six new routes from Doncaster Sheffield to several new locations. The routes will be to Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, Tenerife and Gran Canaria in the Canary Islands, Lisbon in Portugal and Eindhoven in the Netherlands. Spain and the Netherlands are currently not on the UK’s travel corridor list.

The FCO is advising against all non-essential travel to Spain, including the Balearic and Canary Islands, based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks in the country.

The FCO is also advising against all but essential travel to the Netherlands.

Anyone travelling back from those countries to the UK will have to face 14 days in quarantine.

The countries were removed from the UK’s travel corridor list after a spike in cases.

Cases are continuing to rise across Spain, so it is unlikely that the country will be added back to the travel corridor list anytime soon.

Portugal is currently on the UK travel corridor list.

However, this could be set to change this week after the country experienced a spike in cases.

The new flights are set to take off from October 22.

The fares for the new flights are from £17.99 to Eindhoven, £21.99 to Lisbon, and £26.99 to the Canary Islands.

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Owain Jones, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK said in a statement: “Less than three weeks after we announced the base, we’re delighted to celebrate the addition of a second Airbus A320 and six new routes.”

Director of Aviation Development at Doncaster Sheffield Airport Chris Harcombe said that the new flights mean that the new routes will mean travellers in the Northeast will be able to enjoy low fares.

He said: “We are delighted that Wizz Air has chosen to base a second aircraft permanently at Doncaster Sheffield Airport so soon after its recent announcement to open a full-based operation with us for Wizz Air UK.

“The swift addition of a second aircraft from Europe’s greenest airline shows the confidence of Wizz Air that we can deliver a shared intention to provide affordable travel through ultra-low fares to people in the North east of the Pennines, creating new routes to popular leisure destinations for our customers across Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

“The news comes as the aviation industry faces unprecedented challenges.

“Doncaster Sheffield Airport contributes over £60m to the Sheffield City Region, supporting thousands of jobs and it is vital the UK Government acknowledges and supports airlines and airports so that they can continue to contribute to local economies providing investment and jobs.”

It comes as a passenger onboard a Wizz Air flight was fined £260 for not wearing a mask.

The passenger reportedly refused to wear a face covering on a flight from Athens to Larnaca, Cyprus.

The individual was fined €300 for flouting the rules.

The crew onboard the Wizz Air flight alerted Larnaca police after the individual refused to wear a mask despite being asked to put one on repeatedly by flight attendants.

He was fined before being asked to undergo coronavirus testing.

Wizz Air said in a statement: “Wizz Air confirms that a passenger on the airline’s Athens-Larnaca flight on August 31 did not comply with Wizz Air’s protective measures.

“The crew asked the passenger several times to wear a mask, but the passenger refused to follow the crew’s order and became verbally abusive towards the cabin crew.

“The Captain decided to call police after landing and the passenger was escorted off the aircraft by the respective authorities.

“Safety is our top priority and the airline has zero tolerance for abusive behaviour towards its passengers and staff. This is now a matter for the police.”

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