Wizz Air to restart six flight routes from Luton Airport including to Portugal and the Greek Islands from next month – The Sun

LOW-cost airline Wizz Air has announced six new routes taking off from Luton Airport next month.

The flights include Faro in Portugal and four Greek islands after coronavirus crippled the global travel industry.

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Wizz Air confirmed there will be "enhanced" health and safety measures amid the pandemic.

Cabin crew will be required to wear masks and gloves on all flights and will distribute sanitising wipes for passengers, the airline said in a statement.

New distancing measures will also be introduced during boarding and aircraft will be disinfected overnight, while passengers will also be required to wear face masks and onboard magazines will be removed from the aircraft.

Customers will be asked to check in and make any additional payments for services – such as additional bags – online to reduce physical interaction at the airport.

Passengers will also be "encouraged" to make any on-board purchases using contactless payment methods, the Hungarian-owned airline said.

Wizz Air had already resumed a handful of flights from London Luton Airport to selected airports in Hungary, Portugal, Spain and Israel, from May 1.

Owain Jones, managing director said: "Although travel is currently restricted by government regulations, we are planning for the easing of restrictions as the situation improves and our customers are able to start travelling again.

"The Wizz team is excited that our network from London Luton will continue to grow to include many new summer and winter sun destinations, and our new sanitising protocols will give our customers the confidence that they can safely rely on Wizz Air's ultra-low-cost fares to visit these new and exciting destinations on board Europe's greenest fleet."

He added:"As always, our primary concern is the health, safety and well-being of our passengers and crew, and our enhanced protective measures will ensure the most sanitary conditions possible."

Last week, we reported how the boss of Gatwick Airport said travellers should be made to take coronavirus tests 48 hours before take off once lockdown ends.

The terminal’s chief executive also called for passengers to carry “health passports” to prove they have the all-clear and wear face covers while on flights.

Similar compulsory measures are already being considered elsewhere in Europe after the deadly outbreak crippled global travel.

Stewart Wingate told The Times : “Whether these tests should be carried out in the airports or whether they would be better carried out in the communities are things that should be debated.

“For example, would it be better for a passenger to arrive at an airport with some sort of certification that said ‘I have been checked over the last 48 hours and I am Covid-free?’

“Those are the sorts of things that I am sure will be considered by the restart and recovery group.”

He added: “Passengers increasingly are travelling wearing facial coverings and I am sure that’s something that the government team will be considering.”

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