Wizz Air is one of the first European airlines to require immunization against the COVID-19 virus for all flight crew members, including pilots and flight attendants.
The airline issued an order requiring all personnel to be completely vaccinated as soon as possible, with a hard deadline of December 1, 2021.
Wizz Air Group CEO Jozsef Varadi stated that the decision was made in light of the airline’s responsibilities to protect its crew members and passengers, as well as to reduce the danger of infection onboard Wizz Air aircraft.
“The health and safety of our passengers and personnel is our number one concern at Wizz Air,” Varadi stated in a statement dated September 1, 2021.
The airline emphasized that, while vaccination will be mandatory for all flight crew members, as it is for other airlines, there will be some exclusions. Employees, for example, can choose to have regular COVID-19 antibody and PCR testing instead of being vaccinated “in unusual instances.” Wizz Air, on the other hand, estimates that the bulk of its employees who have contact with the airline’s passengers will be fully vaccinated by the deadline.
Vaccination requirements have already been established by several airlines throughout the world, including United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Qantas Airways, Virgin Australia, Emirates, and Cathay Pacific.