Wizz Air blame Doncaster Sheffield Airport for 'not guaranteeing commercial agreement' after flights cancelled

Wizz Air has blamed Doncaster Sheffield Airport for the cancellation of a number of flights to European holiday destinations.

The airline has had to axe a number of departures from June 10 and alluded to a breakdown in its 'commercial agreement' with the airport in a statement.

Although many UK airports have experienced recent issues with staff shortages, Wizz Air have not gone into further detail about the situation and Doncaster Sheffield Airport have yet to comment.

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A Wizz Air spokesman said: “It is with deep regret that we have had to take the difficult but responsible decision to cancel a large number of Wizz Air flights to/from Doncaster Sheffield Airport from 10 June 2022.

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"Passengers with bookings affected by this will be contacted via email with advice on all their options, which include: rebooking, a full refund, or 120 per cent of the original fare in airline credit.

“This decision is unfortunately a result of Doncaster Sheffield Airport indicating that it is unable to guarantee the terms of its commercial agreement with Wizz Air.

"Our priority is to minimise the overall disruption to our UK customers and protect the employment of our crew.

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"As such, Doncaster Sheffield Airport based pilots and cabin crew have today received notification of this news, and have been offered the opportunity to fly out of another base in the UK.

“Given the current challenging operational environment in the travel industry, in particular with staff shortages within air traffic control and at airports, this decision also stabilises our operations at other UK bases to help minimise disruption and delay as much as possible.

“Despite unprecedented difficulties in the travel industry over the past two years, Wizz Air remains committed to long-term growth in the UK, creating hundreds of direct jobs while also stimulating the tourism and hospitality industries. We sincerely apologise to our customers in Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire for the inconvenience this has caused.”

Affected destinations are Lanzarote, Malaga, Alicante, Fuerteventura, Larnaca, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife, Dalaman, Faro, Kosice, Gran Canaria, Riga and Dublin.

Unaffected flights include those from Cluj, Gdansk, Krakow, Katowice, Otopeni, Poznan, Vilnius, Warsaw and Wroclaw to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.