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The budget airline announced that flights will be resumed from Bedfordshire-based Luton Airport on Friday. The airline is the first in Europe to continue its services following the coronavirus outbreak.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, the airline industry has been put on hold as international travel restrictions were put in place.
Some airlines have suspended most of their operations while others have completely grounded their fleets.
Repatriation flights have continued to take place in a bid to rescue stranded Britons abroad.
However, flights to popular holiday destinations such as Spain ceased all together.
Wizz Air: Airline announces plans to resume flights from Luton Airport to Spain and Portugal (Image: GETTY)
Wizz Air: Wizz has said in a statement today that it will be continuing its operations (Image: GETTY)
Wizz has said in a statement today that it will be continuing its operations but that new health and safety measures in place to make sure the virus does not spread further.
Wizz Air UK managing director Owain Jones said that health and safety of their customers will be a priority.
He said: "As we restart selected Luton flights to provide an essential service to passengers who need to travel, our primary concern is the health, safety and well-being of our customers and crew.
“The protective measures that we are implementing will ensure the most sanitary conditions possible.
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“We encourage our customers to watch our new video on how to stay safe when travelling, as well as for more details on our new health and safety measures.”
They also said that cabin crew will have to wear masks and gloves on flights and distribute sanitising wipes to passengers.
Aircrafts will also be disinfected overnight.
Customers will be asked to check in and make any additional payments for baggage online to help reduce human interaction at the airport.
Wizz Air: The new destinations include popular holiday spots for Britons (Image: GETTY)
If passengers want to make purchases on board the flight, they will also be "encouraged" to use contactless payment.
The new destinations include popular holiday spots for Britons such as Spain and Portugal.
The destinations are: Budapest in Hungary, Belgrade in Serbia, Bratislava and Kosice in Slovakia, Lisbon in Portugal, Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands and Tel Aviv in Israel.
There are also eight locations in Romania which include Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Craiova, Iasi, Suceava, Targu Mures, Satu Mare and Timisoara.
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Wizz Air chief executive Josef Varadi told Travel Weekly earlier this week that planes will not be filled to capacity for social distancing.
He said: "The industry will have to address physical distancing.
"In the first few months planes will not be filled."
He also said that 10 percent of the fleet would be back in the air by Friday, according to an Aviation Week webcast.
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