Low-cost airline Wizz Air resumed flights from London Luton Airport today.
The carrier said it would restart some flights with “improved” health and safety measures in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
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The cabin crew will wear masks and gloves on all flights and will distribute disinfectant wipes to passengers, the airline said in a statement.
New removal measures will also be introduced during boarding and the aircraft will be disinfected overnight, while passengers will also be required to wear face masks and magazines on board will be removed from the aircraft.
From May 1, flights resumed from Luton to selected airports in Hungary, Portugal, Spain and Israel.
Owain Jones, Managing Director of Wizz Air UK, said: “As we restart certain Luton flights to provide essential service to passengers who need to travel, our main concern is the health, safety and well-being of our customers and of our crew.
“The protective measures we are implementing will ensure the most hygienic sanitary conditions possible.
“We encourage our customers to watch our new video on how to stay safe while traveling, as well as for more details on our new health and safety measures. “
Customers will be asked to check in and make any additional payments for services – such as extra baggage – online to reduce physical interactions at the airport.
Passengers will also be “encouraged” to make purchases on board using contactless payment methods, the Hungarian airline said.
Earlier, we reported how the Gatwick airport boss said travelers should be forced to undergo coronavirus testing 48 hours before takeoff after the lockout is completed.
The terminal’s chief executive also asked passengers to carry “health passports” to prove they are clear and wear face covers during flights.
Similar mandatory measures are already being considered elsewhere in Europe after the deadly outbreak that paralyzed travel around the world.
Stewart Wingate told The Times, “The question of whether these tests should be done at airports or whether they would be better done in communities is an issue that should be debated.
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“For example, would it be better for a passenger to arrive at an airport with some sort of certification stating” I have been checked in the past 48 hours and I do not have a Covid? “
“These are the kinds of things that I am sure will be taken care of by the restart and recovery group.”
He added, “Passengers are traveling more and more with face covers and I’m sure this is something the government team will consider. “