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Published on Thursday, February 13, 2020

Wizz Air cancels London Luton flights






Ryanair claims to have launched 'rescue fares' on seven routes to accommodate passengers hit by Wizz Air's decision to suspend all routes to and from Odesa until June and the cancellation of its flights from London Luton to Prague and Oslo in May.


Its cheapest flights from London to Oslo and Prague start at £21.99, although these operate from Stansted, not Luton.


Ryanair didn't say how much it had knocked off its 'rescue fares', which must be booked before midnight on Sunday. It didn't say how many seats it is offering at the lead-in price.


Last month, Wizz Air announced it would launch a new flight from Luton to Gran Canaria and one from Gatwick to Sofia in Bulgaria, both starting in June. It didn't mention any route closures from London.


At the same time, it announced it expected to make between €350 million and €355 million profit this year after announcing a third-quarter net profit of €21.4 million for the period to the end of December 2019.


In a statement issued today, Wizz said: "Wizz Air's London Luton-Prague and London Luton-Oslo routes will be discontinued from May, as the routes did not perform in line with our expectations.


"The capacity will be allocated to other routes in the upcoming period, as we are always assessing new opportunities that can best meet our customers' needs.


"Passengers with bookings affected by this change are being informed and automatically offered an alternative flight schedule, provided full refunds, or offered 120% of the original fare in airline reservation credit.


"Wizz Air apologizes for any inconvenience these changes might have caused."

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