Wizz Air’s Abu Dhabi subsidiary is resuming every day flights between the UAE and Russia this October in response to “journey demand.”
The Hungarian finances airline briefly suspended all flights to and from Russia on the finish of February in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The transfer, introduced by the airline final week, has attracted widespread condemnation, with social media customers calling it “cash over morality” and “supporting terrorists”.
Regardless of the condemnation, in a tweet at the moment, Wizz Air say they’re “offering 100,000 free tickets on all continental European and UK flights” which is “in continued assist of Ukrainian residents.”
Why is Wizz Air Abu Dhabi resuming flights to Russia?
“The airline is resuming its operation to Moscow to fulfill journey demand for passengers wishing to fly to and from Russia as per the air transport settlement between the 2 nations,” says Wizz Air in a Fb remark.
As of three October, direct flights between Abu Dhabi Worldwide Airport (AUH) and Moscow’s Vnukovo Worldwide Airport (VKO) can be found with Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, priced at round €240 return.
What has the response been to Wizz Air resuming flights to Russia?
Netizens have taken to social media to criticise the transfer.
“Virtually half a yr [Ukraine] is in full scale battle with [Russia], half a yr we present Russian terrorism to the world and attempt to cause corporations to cease sponsoring indeniable terrorism. Looks as if useless youngsters, ruined way forward for thousands and thousands will not be sufficient for @wizzair,” reads a extensively shared tweet by consumer @igorlachenkov.
One other Twitter consumer @stiaukr provides, “@wizzair are you able to please present us what the present charge change rubles vs Ukrainian lives are? As a sponsor, have you ever already chosen on what rocket they may put your brand on?”
Some are cynical about Wizz Air’s provide of free flights to Ukrainians.
“What a disgusting transfer. You received’t deliver again Ukraine’s murdered youngsters or ruined homes with free tickets. As a substitute you sponsor this,” tweets @zipitnick.
Whereas others drove the impacts of the battle residence saying Wizzair “resumes flights within the nation of the aggressor of Russia. In the meantime, the Russian army is shelling my metropolis from a nuclear energy plant. Do @wizzair you assist nuclear terrorism?” tweets @nastya_lego.
Twitter customers have been including #wizzairsupportsterrorists to their tweets.
Why don’t EU sanctions apply to Wizz Air’s UAE offshoot?
The airline’s Emirati offshoot, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi, is a three way partnership with state-owned ADQ. The European-based Wizz Air owns 49 per cent of the subsidiary.
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi is separate from mum or dad firm Wizz Air Hungary and Wizz Air UK, which aren’t working flights on this route. All UK and EU airways are topic to a ban on air journey to and from Russia.
Responding to adverse feedback relating to the transfer on Fb, the airline stated “Wizz Air Abu Dhabi is a nationwide UAE provider that operates in keeping with the UAE’s nationwide rules and insurance policies…All of the UAE nationwide airways are presently working direct flights between the 2 nations.”
Gulf Air, EgyptAir, Etihad and Turkish Airways are among the many airways working flights between the UAE and Russia.