With thousands of travellers stranded all over the world, repatriation flights have been a noteworthy part of air travel in the last few weeks. Wizz Air is participating in repatriation efforts, flying Canadians and Americans home out of Hungary, and taking Hungarians on the journey back to Budapest, reports simpleflying.com
Today two Airbus A321neos are heading across the Atlantic Ocean with a refueling stop at Keflavik Airport in Iceland. Somewhat reminiscent of WOW Air’s routing when it was still in service, the stops are necessary due to the smaller aircraft in operation. The details of the two planes are as follows:
Airbus A321neo with registration HA-LVE plans to go to Toronto, then carry on to Chicago and Miami. The flight number for this itinerary is WZZ9021.
Airbus A321neo with registration HA-LVC will go from Keflavik to New York and Los Angeles as flight WZZ9011.
Looking at the route map on Wizz Air’s website, we can see for sure that there are no North American destinations offered by the budget carrier. This is somewhat obvious given its location in central Europe. Furthermore, the airline’s narrow body A320-family fleet limits where it can fly to.
Therefore, this will perhaps be the first and possibly only time the Hungarian airline has its aircraft in these cities. In the eastern hemisphere, however, the airline does fly as far as Morocco, Kazakhstan, and the United Arab Emirates from its Budapest hub.
Repatriation flights continue to operate around the world with some truly unique and irregular routes. Early this morning, we saw some Wizz Air repatriation flights depart from Budapest towards Keflavik in Iceland. However, KEF is merely a technical stop as the two narrow-body Airbus A321s of the Wizz fleet refuel and continue on. In fact, the North American cities of Toronto, Chicago, Miami, New York, and Los Angeles will be the final stops for these jets.
These are just a few examples of interesting routes being run while airlines work tirelessly with governments to repatriate stranded citizens.