Free UK flights to Ukrainian refugees initiative is extended

A campaign backed by philanthropist Steve Morgan to provide Ukrainian refugees with free flights to the UK has been extended until the end of the month.

The joint initiative by Wizz Air and four not-for-profit organisations – Choose Love, The Shapiro Foundation, The Steve Morgan Foundation and USPUK  – was due to have ended on June 15.

However the Hungarian airline Wizz Air today announced the project had been extended until the end of June 2022, with 4,500 free tickets still available for Ukrainian refugees to travel to the UK.

Extending the initiative until the end of June allows more Ukrainian refugees flying from Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia to travel to the UK in support of the UK Government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ visa scheme.

Since May, the joint effort has made free travel available to over 5,000 refugees, enabling them to settle in the UK with their sponsors.

As of June 14, the UK Government has issued 88,000 visas to Ukrainians under its Homes for Ukraine visa scheme.

Over 51,800 have already arrived in the UK, and the extension announcement will allow even more Ukrainian families to be welcomed into the UK in the coming weeks.

The Wizz Air free tickets are available on a total of 61 routes that the airline operates from Bulgaria, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia to the UK, and include one hand luggage item and one checked-in luggage item (up to 32kg) per person.

József Váradi, CEO Wizz Air, said: “Our hearts are with the Ukrainian people during this time of crisis, and we want to play our part in these efforts by providing a free, safe, and welcoming journey to anyone who needs it.”


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