A low-cost airline serving 11 UK airports has become the first carrier used en masse by UK holidaymakers to demand that flight crews be vaccinated.
Wizz Air, a Hungary-based airline that flies Britons to popular summer destinations such as France, Spain, Italy and Greece, has announced that all crew members and pilots will have to be pitted against Covid-19 by December.
Only in “special circumstances” will staff be allowed to perform “regular” antigen or PCR tests instead of being vaccinated.
The airline, which operates flights from Gatwick, Luton, Edinburgh, Belfast, Liverpool and other major UK cities, said the mandatory measure would ensure “the smooth running and continuity of its long-term flights. term”.
Jozsef Varadi, Managing Director of Wizz Air Group, said: “At Wizz Air, our number one priority is the health and safety of our passengers and employees.
“We have a responsibility to protect the crew and passengers on board by mitigating the risks of Covid-19, and vaccines play a vital role in this regard. “
Wizz Air has become the latest airline to make vaccinations mandatory for its staff, with Qantar and Virgin Australia having made similar proposals for their staff in recent months.
Earlier this week, Virgin Australia confirmed that it had offered to require frontline workers in contact with customers to receive two doses of the Covid-19 vaccine by November 15.