By John Smith • 13 July 2021 • 14:03
Wizz Air at Gibraltar
Credit: Gibraltar International Airport
After introducing flights from Luton, Wizz Air has cancelled all August Gibraltar flights for financial reasons to make money elsewhere.
The Gibraltar Minister responsible for Tourism Vijay Daryanani has been in contact with the airline, asking for an explanation and subsequently issued the following statement;
“We understand Wizz Air’s need to remain flexible to client demands. These are constantly changing as a result of the uncertainty in respect of changes in rules relating to travel from and to the UK.
“This has resulted in the opening up of new destinations after the recent announcement that people returning to the UK from amber countries will not have to quarantine. As a result, Wizz have scheduled flights to other European markets for which they are seeing the strongest demand.
“This is no surprise, as all airlines are making last minute changes to their schedules as Governments constantly announce different requirements. Having said this, Gibraltar is already full.
“All our hotels are already full for the season; our restaurants are experiencing huge demand and we are seeing a regular flow of tourists from the UK. We have reached a point that we are turning business away. This is an unprecedented situation for Gibraltar to be in.
“I will continue working with Wizz Air and all other airlines to maintain capacity to Gibraltar. I look forward to the return of their flights in September.”
These words must be scant comfort to those people, not just visitors but also Gibraltarians as well as residents in Spain who have booked to travel with the Hungarian airline in August, only to discover that unlike BA and EasyJet, they are prepared to follow the money rather than honour commitments.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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