Low-cost airline Wizz Air is to reintroduce selected flights out of Luton on May 1 along with extra hygiene measures to ensure the health and safety of customers and crew.

Flights to the following destinations out of Luton will be resumed, subject to no further restrictions being imposed: Budapest, Hungary; Cluj-Napoca, Constanta, Craiova, Iasi, Suceava, Targu Mures, Satu Mare and Timisoara, Romania; Belgrade, Serbia; Bratislava and Kosice, Slovakia; Lisbon, Portugal; Tenerife, Spain; and Tel Aviv, Israel.

The airline, which had indictated it would soon introduce a phased return to flying, said the move at the end of next week to reopen its London base would be supported by physical distancing methods during boarding in line with government regulations, and enhanced cleanliness on board.

Customers will be told to check-in online and make any purchases, such as paying for additional luggage, online to reduce any non essential interaction at the airport.

During the flights crew will be required to wear masks and gloves and will distribute sanitising wipes to each passenger. Onboard purchases will have to be made by contactless payment to minimise physical contact. Each aircraft will be disinfected overnight in line with official guidelines.

Wizz Air UK managing director Owain Jones 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. 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.”

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