Wizz Air announced on Sept. 1 that it will require all its flight and cabin staff to get fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by December.
In a statement, the Hungary-based airline said that the mandatory vaccination will support “smooth and continued operations of its flights in the long term.”
“At Wizz Air, our number one priority is the health and safety of our passengers and employees,” Wizz Air Group Chief Executive Jozsef Varadi said, as quoted by media outlets.
“We have a responsibility to protect crew and passengers on board by mitigating the risks of COVID-19, and vaccines play a vital role in this,” Varadi further said.
The airline also said that “in special cases,” some staff would be allowed to take the “regular antigen/PCR testing” instead. However, it did not specify what those circumstances would be.
Wizz Air also has yet to explain what penalties the staff would potentially face if they refuse to get the vaccine.
Wizz Air is understood to be the first European air carrier to adopt the policy, following Virgin Australia and Qantas in Australia and Hawaiian Airlines and United Airlines in the United States.
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