Wizz Air announced that it will cancel flights to Chisinau, the capital of Moldova, due to safety concerns.
According to the company, flights will be canceled on Monday, March 14.
This decision comes after growing tensions between Russia and Moldova. In February, missiles aimed at Ukraine were reportedly seen entering Moldovan airspace.
Nicu Popescu, the Moldovan foreign minister, said that his country was ready for “full spectrum” of threats. He feared Russia might intensify its attempts to destabilise the country already reeling from the war with Ukraine.
Wizz Air stated in a statement that safety of passengers and crew remains Wizz Air’s top priority.
“Wizz Air made the difficult, but responsible decision to suspend all flights from Chisinau as a result of recent developments in Moldova.
According to the budget airline, it will offer additional flights from and to Iasi in Romania, close to the Moldovan border.
Wizz Air would transfer flights to Chisinau to Iasi from other destinations. There are more planes flying from major European cities such as London, Milan, Barcelona and Milan.
The flights from Chisinau, Budapest, and Prague will not be replaced.
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On its Telegram channel, the Moldovan government stated that after analyzing the risks, the government agencies had determined that flights within the national airspace could be safely carried out by following a variety of procedures. They regret Wizz Air making this sudden decision.
The government stated that the civil aviation authority of the country and the ministry for infrastructure and regional growth had been “constantly cooperating” with Wizz Air representatives. They informed them about the procedures in place to ensure security in aviation.
According to the aviation authority, it will take all necessary steps to bring Wizz Air back to Chisinau airport and attract other low-cost airlines.