The Hungarian low-cost airline, Wizz Air, announced that it would suspend flights to nine popular destinations from September. These include Corfu, Sharm-el-Sheikh and Tenerife. The flights may resume next spring, the company said. They made that decision due to profitability reasons. Read more details on the issue below.
According to Daily Mail, a British newspaper, Wizz Air is to suspend flights from Cardiff, United Kingdom, to nine popular winter sun resorts. From 19 September on, no Wizz flights will take off to those destinations because they are no longer commercially viable. The nine destinations are the following: Alicante (Spain), Corfu (Grece), Heraklion (Greece), Faro (Portugal), Larnaca (Cyprus), Lanzarote (Spain), Palma de Mallorca (Spain), Sharm el-Sheikh (Egypt) and Tenerife (Spain).
Ticket holders concerned will be informed by email and will get compensation, the company said. They will either be able to rebook their flight and go on their trip from London Gatwick or Luton airports or book “comparable flights to go next summer from Cardiff”. Furthermore, people will get a full cash refund or 120% of their ticket cost in airline credit.
Meanwhile, the Hungarian airline confirmed they would fly to Milan (Italy) and Bucharest (Romania) in the winter. The tickets to those two destinations will be available from October. Planes from the Cardiff base will fly to the nine winter resorts only from April 2023. The company will offer the staff in the Welsh capital to continue their work at other UK airports and return in the spring.
Managing director of Wizz Air UK Marion Geoffrey said: “We are very disappointed to have to suspend several routes from Cardiff Airport for the winter season. Though these routes have proved popular through the summer season, it would not be commercially viable to continue to operate them through this coming winter due to the challenging macro-economic environment”. “It takes time to build up sustainable operations at any base, and we are prepared to build up operations at Cardiff over the long term”, he added.
The company’s Cardiff airbase started operation in December 2020. They aimed to increase the airport’s yearly seat capacity by 350,000.
Source: Daily Mail