Quantcast

The House Moves to Avert a Shutdown

The House races to avoid a shutdown, while the Senate prepares for a hasty Supreme Court confirmation process. It’s Wednesday, and this is your...
More

    ‘War of the Roses’ brawler Brandon Locke-Walker banned from drinking alcohol after Rosehill brawl

    'War of the Roses' brawler seen fighting with up to 30 people at Rosehill Racecourse is banned from drinking for a YEAR but avoids...

    Anthony Weiner is spotted with ex-wife Huma Abedin after his new job is revealed

    Piecing his life back together? Anthony Weiner is spotted with ex-wife Huma Abedin walking their son to school after becoming CEO of firm that...

    Pro-surfer sisters Ellie-Jean Coffey and Holly-Daze Coffey offer explicit OnlyFans style content

    Surfer sisters Ellie-Jean Coffey and Holly-Daze Coffey offer explicit OnlyFans-style content as they launch their 'uncensored' paid websites By Marta Jary For Daily Mail Australia...

    Denham Hitchcock cops barrage of abuse after fiery exchange with Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews

    'Go back to Sydney': Reporter is hit with a barrage of abuse after ordering Daniel Andrews to answer his question THREE times - and...

    Wizz Air will create 5,000 jobs if it lands extra slots at Gatwick

    Budget carrier Wizz Air will create 5,000 jobs if it lands extra slots at Gatwick

    Wizz Air is pushing for more landing slots at Gatwick, insisting it would be able to create 5,000 jobs.

    While rivals are shedding staff in the midst of the worst crisis in the history of aviation, the budget carrier says it is desperate to expand.

    Chief executive Jozsef Varadi is pressing for more take-off and landing slots to be taken away from larger airlines if they are not able to use them due to the coronavirus crisis.

    Take off: While rivals are shedding staff in the midst of the worst crisis in the history of aviation, budget carrier Wizz Air says it is desperate to expand

    It has been flying routes in and out of Gatwick since 2016 and set up a base there last month, which allows it to keep just one plane at the airport.

    Varadi said the airline is keen to expand this to 20 aircraft but that it is held back by rules around take-off and landing slots that have been suspended during the crisis.

    Airport slots work on an 80/20 rule that means airlines have to be using them 80 per cent of the time or they will lose them – but these rules have been scrapped temporarily because of the disruption caused by the pandemic.

    The European Commission, which sets the 80/20 rules, is due to reassess the suspension later this month.

    Easyjet and British Airways, which are both shedding thousands of jobs, have the most landing slots at Gatwick. Virgin Atlantic has announced plans to leave the airport.

    Varadi said: ‘We would be able to expand more in the UK, especially at Gatwick, but we are held back by the 80/20 rule at the moment. It is rigged in favour of the incumbent.

    ‘Now it’s down to the market to make the decision: operate the slots or give the opportunity to other carriers.’ But Wizz Air’s claims it stands ready to hire thousands of staff will be greeted with scepticism in some quarters.

    Yesterday the Hungarian carrier also warned it may be forced to park some of its planes over the winter to preserve cash as demand has not picked up as quickly as expected. The airline operates a fleet of 130 Airbus A320 and A321 aircraft.

    Wizz had hoped to be running at 80 per cent of 2019 levels by the end of this year.

    It now thinks it is likely to be stuck at around 60 per cent because of restrictions such as quarantines that have led to fewer flight bookings than planned.

    The airline’s shares fell 3.8 per cent, or 146p, to 3742p following the announcement.

    LEAVE A REPLY

    Please enter your comment!
    Please enter your name here

    Latest Posts

    1 officer indicted in Breonna Taylor case; not for her death

    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky grand jury brought no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Breonna Taylor during a drug raid...

    Asteroid the size of a BUS will fly by the Earth closer than the moon tomorrow

    Asteroid the size of a BUS will fly by the Earth closer than the moon tomorrow - and can be seen with a 12-inch...

    This super-soft, oversized fluffy Yidarton sweater is a big hit with Amazon shoppers

    'Perfect for a cold day when you want to feel snuggled up': This super-soft, oversized sweater is a big hit with Amazon shoppers -...