In August, Wizz Air announced that flights between Abu Dhabi and Moscow would resume.
In the sixth month of a full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine, European budget carrier Wizz Air has suspended plans to resume flights from the Russian capital, Moscow, to Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
The decision was taken amid criticism over the announcement of the resumption of flights, that they already tried to fix by offering free tickets to Ukrainians.
Before the invasion, 7% of Wizz capacity was used in Ukraine, and it was one of their most important and growing markets. They still have 4 aircraft stranded in Ukraine since the sky was closed to civilian traffic on 24 February 2022.
In a statement about the flight postponement, the company cited “industry supply chain constraints.”
The war in Ukraine and the position of Wizz Air:
Wizz Air, registered in London, owns 49% of the shares of Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, whose planes bear the name and brand of the European airline. Abu Dhabi sovereign fund ADQ owns 51%.
On February 27, the airline suspended all flights from Russia after the invasion of Ukraine.
On April 2, Wizz Air canceled all flights to Russia for the summer season.
In August, Wizz Air announced that flights between Abu Dhabi and Moscow would resume from October. Wizz Air also holds Airline Certificates (AOCs) in the UK and Hungary.
Earlier, Wizz Air stated that the flight will be operated by its company in Abu Dhabi, which is a registered carrier in the United Arab Emirates and operates in accordance with the rules of the Persian Gulf state.
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