Wizz Air announces first ever domestic UK flights with new routes to Jersey
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Wizz Air continues to chart an aggressive expansion plan across Europe as travel’s slow rebound from the pandemic continues. The ultra-low-cost Eastern European powerhouse will launch domestic flights from the U.K. for the first time, adding flights to Jersey (JER) to its already impressive route map, which will provide Brits an option for a quick beach green list getaway.
Beginning on 9 July, Wizz Air will offer flights from Jersey, which is currently on the U.K’s green list for travel, to mainland United Kingdom. The airline recognises that with the current uncertainty over the U.K’s travel “traffic light” system, offering residents a quick summer holiday option that doesn’t require a quarantine upon return could be appealing. The routes to Jersey will originate from its relatively new base in the North of England, Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA), as well as from Cardiff (CWL) in Wales, and will use an Airbus A321 jet.
Fares will start at £17.99 for a one-way ticket and as an ultra-low-cost carrier, don’t include checked or cabin baggage.
The routes were previously operated by the now-defunct budget airline Flybe and continue the expansion that Wizz Air has been undertaking for about a year, despite the challenges brought on by the coronavirus.
The move to add these domestic routes follows the carrier’s recent declaration that it expects 2022 to be another money-losing year for the airline and the aviation industry in general. The Hungarian-based airline says the lifting of government restrictions on non-essential travel is still hampering air travel, so picking up domestic routes could be seen as a workaround to provide a small boost to the companies bottom line.
With its large cash reserves and low operating costs, Wizz has weathered the pandemic better than some of its European competitors.
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