Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe, today announced it will delay the planned restart of operations from Craiova International Airport (CRA) until 10 November so that major airport upgrades can be completed. Wizz Air will operate the flights scheduled for Craiova during that period from Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport (OTP).
Wizz Air will provide free motor coach transport from Craiova to Bucharest airport for passengers on the affected flights, or passengers can travel on their own. Passengers booked on Wizz Air flights from Craiova during this period may also choose free flight rebooking for flights through 30 November, WIZZ credit or a refund. Passengers are being contacted individually to be informed of the change and offered options for travel.
“Until the Romanian civil aviation authority issues approval for normal flight operations from Craiova, including taxiways and aprons, we will not operate there,” said John Stephenson, executive vice president, Wizz Air.
Wizz Air offers flights to five destinations from Craiova; Barcelona, Bologna, London Luton, Milan Bergamo and Rome Ciampino. These flights will be operated beginning 25 October (Wizz Air’s originally planned for a restart of CRA operations) though 9 November from Bucharest’s Coanda airport on the same schedule as originally planned.
The airport in Craiova has been undergoing major renovation this summer. Wizz Air ceased its operations in Craiova 1 June for the renovation work.
“Though we have no choice, we apologize to our customers for this delay in resuming our flights from Craiova,” Stephenson said. “We know there will be some inconvenience and we are doing everything we can to minimize it. We are eager to resume our normal operations in Craiova.”