Wizz Air Abu Dhabi resumes flights to Russia
As the invasion of Ukraine heads into its sixth month, Russia remains isolated from the international community. International brands are still boycotting the country, while airlines and nations are imposing flight bans and sanctions.
But one airline has decided to start a return route to Russia in response to what it says is passenger demand.
Wizz Air Abu Dhabi has announced that it will resume flights from Abu Dhabi to Moscow, with tickets now on sale from 3 October.
Founded in December 2019, the company is an Emirates subsidiary of Wizz Air, one of the fastest growing budget airlines in Europe, which is based in Hungary. Wizz Air owns 49% of the shares, with the majority of 51% going to the state-owned ADQ. Wizz has another subsidiary, Wizz Air UK, which was originally created to mitigate problems arising from Brexit.
“Wizz Air Abu Dhabi is a national carrier of the United Arab Emirates operating in accordance with the national regulations and policies of the United Arab Emirates. The airline is resuming its operations to Moscow to meet the travel demands of passengers wishing to fly to and from Russia from the UAE capital. All national airlines are currently operating direct flights to Russia," a Wizz Air spokesperson said in a statement.
Wizz Air Hungary and Wizz Air UK are not currently operating flights to Russia. Flights to Russia from the UK and EU are currently banned.