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Wizz Air ready to evacuate planes from Ukraine

Wizz Air said it canceled flights to and from Ukraine and Moldova in an update on the conflict in the region.

The carrier said the move was in response to the countries’ airspace being closed as well as Russian airspace.

The airline also said it had an evacuation plan for its three planes in Ukraine and was “ready to move its assets out of the country when it is safe to do so.”

József Váradi, Managing Director of Wizz Air, said: “In this very worrying situation, we have focused on helping our colleagues and their families in Ukraine to move to safe places. I am incredibly proud of how our employees have stepped up and worked around the clock to try and provide the best support during this difficult time. At the same time, we continue to work to get everyone to safety and provide support where needed.

“We will offer colleagues who have already been evacuated continued support and the opportunity to find employment elsewhere in the network, if they wish. We continue to address operational challenges arising from the crisis in Ukraine and we are redistributing capacity to routes and bases where we can stimulate demand.

The carrier also announced a 285% increase to 1.9 million passengers in February compared to the same month in 2021. The airline carried more than three million passengers in February 2020.

Another highlight of the month was the addition of new destinations for its subsidiary Wizz Air Abu Dhabi. The low-cost airline will serve Amman and Aqaba from the end of April.