Wizz Air today shared that it is continuing its efforts to aid Ukrainian refugees. The European aviation powerhouse noted that there are still plenty of free seats available on its flights for those in urgent need following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Earlier in the month, Wizz Air announced that it is offering free seats and rescue fares amid the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. The company highlighted that refugees moving across Europe are able to fly for free from Romania, Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia.
The relief continues, with the carrier highlighting that it has extended the period of availability for the free seats until April 10th. Refugees can access free seats on services departing from Katowice, Budapest, Gdańsk, and Kraków.
Certain flights have sold out on specific dates, but Wizz continues to analyze bookings and is announcing new seats where possible. It is also placing larger aircraft and additional services from border countries to assist with refugee transport.
The airline has also suspended flights to Russia. Photo: Wizz Air
Wizz Air CEO József Váradi shared the following about his company’s initiative in a statement:
“Our hearts are with the Ukrainian people during this crisis. We are pleased that Wizz Air has been able to support Ukrainian refugees and we are committed to continuing this initiative until 10 April in the hope that as many people as possible are able to reach a safe place soon. We have already seen great humanitarian efforts on the ground by our people across the network, and as a company we wanted to play our part in these efforts. We are happy to provide a safe and welcoming journey for these refugees.”
Notably, not all refugees are currently located in these border nations. As a result, Wizz Air has introduced rescue fares for Ukrainians across the airline’s network. These are priced at €29.99 one-way on all services excluding UAE, Iceland, and the Canary Islands. Flights from the excluded locations can be booked for €69.99.
Wizz Air isn’t only concentrating on the Ukrainian population. It has been seeking to repatriate its crew and families out of the country. Additionally, it had been looking to evacuate four of its aircraft.
The airline has a robust presence all across Europe. Photo: Wizz Air
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The Russian invasion of Ukraine has caused the biggest refugee crisis in Europe in decades. Over two million Ukrainians have fled their home country within just half a month, with most heading to neighboring countries.
Of Ukraine’s population, the United Nations has shared that the following countries have taken in:
Other European nations have taken in 282.497 refugees altogether. All in all, with some of the highest numbers in countries where Wizz is offering its free flights, the company’s initiative could go a long way during this tragic time.
What are your thoughts about Wizz Air’s efforts to support Ukrainian refugees? What do you make of the overall situation in the region? Let us know what you think in the comment section.
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