The Hungarian low-cost airline is open to any solution to prevent the virus’s spread in the long term. For the time being, they have more trust in the vaccination than the protracted Covid passport.
Wizz Air is in constant contact with the International Air Transport Association (IATA), according to whom, the introduction of the Covid passport is an important step towards the return of air traffic.
As the Hungarian news portal Forbes reports, this is actually an app in which passenger vaccinations and negative test results are recorded. The application checks whether the traveller has a negative Covid test or, if the destination country requires a coronavirus vaccination, the person has received the required vaccine. The application also shows that the competent authority authenticates the requested information.
According to IATA, it is only a matter of weeks, and the so-called Covid passport will be introduced.
According to András Radó, Communication Manager of Wizz Air,
“We have to be pragmatic. Passengers and the travel industry have so far had great patience with the challenges caused by COVID-19. Still, this patience will soon run out due to a slow, bureaucratic, seemingly IT-driven vaccine passport development. The aviation industry has proven to be the safest way to travel and believes that the measures put in place by the national government, such as vaccinations, together with responsible hygiene by passengers and the airline, are the only way to ensure the quickest possible return to normal.”
For the time being, Wizz Air believes that vaccination and fast antigen tests are the most reliable solutions; however, they are open to other solutions as well.
In October 2020, the leader of Wizz Air, József Váradi, described the situation caused by the coronavirus as the most significant intellectual challenge of his professional career. He also added that as a leader, he really enjoys the challenge that the situation created. They have developed a tangible strategy that is sometimes stressful but exciting. He did not expect the world to change dramatically after the epidemic is over and that our travel habits would not change permanently due to the downtime. “Life has to go on. What we see now is a temporary situation. Life is always progressive. We will move on from here.”