Hunt for 200 Wizz Air passengers after airline ‘not instructed’ about eight coronavirus-hit teenagers on flight from Crete to Luton

Hunt for 200 Wizz Air passengers after airline ‘not told’ about 8 coronavirus-hit teens on flight from Crete to Luton

A SEARCH has been launched for over 200 Wizz Air passengers after authorities reportedly failed to inform the airline that eight individuals from a latest flight had examined constructive for coronavirus.

The group, all youngsters from Winchester, have been on board a flight from Crete that landed at London Luton on August 25.

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Eight teenagers examined constructive for coronavirus after travelling on a Wizz Air flight final week[/caption]

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The flight was from the Greek island of Crete to London Luton[/caption]

They determined to get examined after being instructed that associates on the Greek island with whom they’d had contacted had been recognized.

A complete of 15 associates examined constructive after re-entering the UK following the journey, no less than eight of them on the one flight the Guardian reported.

The federal government now has in place a Check and Hint system, supposed to inform anybody who has contacted with an individual subsequently recognized with coronavirus.

In distinction to many different international locations, the UK at present doesn’t take a look at arrivals at its airports, an method with the federal government claims is troublesome to implement and never essentially efficient.

The constructive assessments from the Wizz Air flight ought to have set in movement a hunt to seek out and notify all 204 passengers, however the airline stated it had not been notified earlier than being contacted by the Guardian.

Ben Pearce, 18, was among the many 15 individuals to check constructive after getting back from Crete.

Chatting with the Guardian, he stated he had been contacted by handlers from the Check and Hint system various instances in latest days however by no means requested which flight he had been on.

“Though I’ve stuffed out my particulars on three separate telephone calls, they all the time appear to say I’ve obtained nothing on my file,” he stated.

“The telephone calls by no means appear to serve any function aside from they [the call handler] have been instructed they should name you.”

He added that he and his associates had stuffed out types with their contact particulars forward of the flight, however that the types have been solely checked on the airport in Crete, not upon touchdown at Luton.


The claims come after Brits travelling to Wales from Zante have been instructed to quarantine for 14 days after 30 new instances have been linked again to the island.

The instances from the Wizz Air flight are reportedly the primary recognized cluster to have entered the UK kind Crete.

They’ll put additional strain on the UK authorities to take away Greece from its record of nations from which Brits can at present return with no need to quarantine.

The devolved governments of each Scotland and Wales have now eliminated Greece from their secure journey lists altogether, however Greek officers insist the nation stays a secure vacation spot.

The federal government at present says any nation by which coronavirus charges exceed 20 instances per 100,000 individuals over a seven-day interval might be faraway from its secure record.

Greece’s fee at present stands at 14.three instances per 100,000.

The choice by the Scottish and Welsh governments prompted 1000’s of Brits to return early from their holidays in an try to re-enter the nation earlier than the brand new quarantine measures kick in.

An announcement concerning the August 25 flight supplied to the Guardian by Wizz Air learn: “Wizz Air was not made conscious that eight passengers who travelled on the 8168 flight from Heraklion to London-Luton on 25 August had since examined constructive for Covid-19.

“The airline has now knowledgeable the related well being authorities in England who’re liable for contacting and advising the 204 different passengers.

“Wizz Air operates all flights in compliance with native journey laws, and the protection of passengers and workers is the No 1 precedence.”

The Division of Well being stated that those that wanted to quarantine have been instructed to take action.


Wizz Air stated it had knowledgeable the related authorities after being notified of the diagnoses[/caption]