Wizz Air launches three new routes which include popular island destination

Budget carrier Wizz Air has announced three new routes as part of its expansion in the UK. Two of the new routes will from Liverpool Airport to Moldova’s capital of Chisinau and the city Cluj-Napoca in Romania. The third route will run from London Luton to Catania in Sicily – a large Italian island in the Mediterranean.

Flights to Sicily from Luton are starting at just £17.99, which is perfect for a quick autumn getaway.

The new routes will begin next month and are forming part of the airline’s expansion in the UK.

Wizz Air is also setting up a base at London Gatwick with new routes also starting next month to destinations in Spain, Portugal and Cyprus.

Owain Jones, managing director of Wizz Air UK said the new routes will allow customers to explore new cities.

He said: “We are delighted to be introducing new low-fare connections to Liverpool John Lennon and London Luton, to provide our loyal customers the opportunity to explore three vibrant cities, whether it’s wine tasting in Chisinau, museum hopping in Cluj-Napoca or a romantic dinner in Catania.

“As Wizz Air leads the way with its enhanced health and hygiene measures, our customers across the UK continue to say ‘YES’ to flying, as we bring more much-needed connectivity and help the economy get back in the air.

“The Wizz team looks forward to welcoming customers old and new on-board our young and green fleet of Airbus aircraft very soon.”

All three of the new services will operate twice a week and can be booked on the Wizz Air website.

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The new routes bring Wizz Air’s Luton network to 71 routes, while services leaving Liverpool will increase to 11.

Next month, the airline is planning to launch its new Abu Dhabi subsidiary.

The announcement comes after Wizz Air launched its new base at Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

Airlines have been one of the most financially affected industries by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Today, British Airways’ parent company IAG announced that it’s cutting flights due to coronavirus travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.

Every week, the UK has been reviewing its travel corridor list which has led to some countries being removed at short notice.

Between October and December IAG expects to operate 60 percent less capacity than during the same period last year, compared with a previously planned reduction of 46 percent.

The firm said it continues to expect it will take until at least 2023 for passenger demand to recover to 2019 levels.

They said they saw an “almost complete cessation of new booking activity” in April and May due to the pandemic.

However, the easing of country lockdowns sparked an increase in ticket sales in June.

Since July there has been an “overall levelling off of bookings”, IAG said.

Demand for short-haul travel has “fallen slightly” following the UK and other European countries reimposing quarantine requirements for travellers returning from specific countries such as Spain.

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