Crisis in Ukraine: Wizz Air’s Airbus A320 escapes safely from Lviv

LONDON – Earlier this week, Wizz Air managed to remove one of its stranded Airbus A320s safely from Lviv via a short flight to Katowice.

HA-LWS makes escape…

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According to reports, three more planes are still stuck in Ukraine. They are as follows, with the airport in which they are blocked:

  • HA-LWY – Airbus A320-232 – Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany).
  • HA-LPJ – Airbus A320-232 – Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany).
  • HA-LPM – Airbus A320-232 – Kyiv International Airport (Zhuliany).

AviationSource approached Wizz Air for a comment, and they said the following about it:

“Wizz Air confirms that following a thorough risk assessment and careful preparation, this is a Lviv-based aircraft that took off from Danylo Halytskyi International Airport and successfully landed at Katowice on September 13, 2022.”

Asked when the other three planes would leave Zhuliany, Wizz Air declined to comment on this aspect as they had no information on this.

Unknown status for the other three…

Asked about the condition of the other three planes, that’s also something Wizz Air doesn’t know either. There have been shellings near the airport in recent months.

The fact that HA-LWS was able to get to Katowice without technical problems shows that there is a good chance that the other three aircraft are intact and in working order.

With no time to recover the planes, these three A320s will sit there, potentially exposed to any future bombings on the airport.

It will be interesting to see when Wizz Air can remove these planes from Zhuliany, and if they will be unscathed when they do.

Wizz wants to return to Ukraine as soon as possible…

In April, the airline announced that it would return to Ukraine in July.

It was understood at the time that flights to Kyiv-Zhulyany would begin on July 9, with services to Lviv from July 5.

Zhulyany flights will depart from London Luton twice a week, with flights to Lviv also launching twice a week from the airport.

Of course, given the scale of the conflict at the moment, flight launches depend on the situation in the country and the end of the war.

Wizz Air said in a statement that “the safety of our passengers and crew remains our top priority” and that even now, “all Wizz Air flights to/from Ukraine are temporarily suspended until further notice. order”.

It remains clear in this case that those launch plans ultimately never materialized but show an eagerness to return to the region.


For Wizz Air, it’s good news that they were able to get at least one plane out of Ukraine, with all eyes now on the carrier to figure out the logistics of the other three still stranded.

Looking ahead, the airline clearly wants this dispute to end so they can restore services to the area, and given their eagerness, it was obviously a profitable country for the carrier.

Even so, all we can do is sit back and wait to see what the next developments are. With the Ukrainian army pushing back the Russian forces, this conflict could soon end.

Christi C. Elwood