Wizz Air has announced it will offer 100,000 free flights to Ukrainian refugees following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine with flights available from Poland, Slovakia and other bordering countries.
The airline is offering free seats on all continental European flights departing from border countries of Ukraine; Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Romania.
The company also said that it would provide rescue tickets to refugees “who have already begun moving and may be stranded in other locations”. This includes a €29.99 fare on all other flights – the only exception to the UAE, Iceland and the Canaries where a rescue fare of €69.99 applies.
Flights will be available throughout March and passengers will be required to provide their Ukrainian passport/ID card number at the time of booking and to present their Ukrainian passport/ID card at the time of booking. process.
Ukrainian refugees can find and book flights on Wizz Air website here.
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The United Nations says more than 500,000 people have fled across the border since the invasion began.
József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air, said: “Our hearts go out to the people of Ukraine during this crisis. We are committed to helping as many Ukrainian refugees get to safety as possible, that’s it. that’s why we’re giving them 100,000 free seats from border countries and special rescue tickets on all other flights.
“We’ve seen tremendous humanitarian efforts on the ground by our people across the network, and as a company, we want to play our part in these efforts. I am pleased to provide a safe and welcoming journey for these refugees.”
The company says it has added larger planes and additional flights from border countries to Europe to help support the movement of refugees when needed.
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Ukraine’s airspace has been closed as a result of the invasion, with airlines including Wizz Air and Ryanair suspending flights to the country.
Meanwhile, Britain has imposed sanctions on Russia, including a ban on flights by its airline Aeroflot. Russia retaliated with a ban all UK flights in its airspacewith airlines like British Airways then suspending flights to Moscow.
The EU has since announced that, due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian aircraft are prohibited from operating or entering EU airspace.
The UK Foreign Office warns: “If you are in Russia you should be aware that it may not be possible to fly directly to the UK, or via EU countries, and should amend any travel plans. accordingly. Check with your airline or travel provider for the latest information.”
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