European budget airline Wizz Air WIZZ.L has said that demand trends have been encouraging in recent weeks.
The ultra-low cost carrier's losses in the fourth quarter ending March 31 is also expected be better-than-feared, Wizz Air said as the coronavirus' Omicron variant proved to be of "benign nature", leading to quicker easing of restrictions.
It, however, forecast annual loss to be bigger than last year at between €632 million and €652 million, compared with a net loss of €576 million a year earlier.
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Although Russia's invasion of Ukraine has dented demand for air travel and destabilised oil prices, Wizz Air's comments about a potential summer recovery lifted its shares 7.4% to the top of London's midcaps index .FTMC.
With flights to Ukraine, Russia and Moldova remaining suspended, Wizz Air said that it had already reallocated the affected capacity to other parts.
It has also reduced its exposure to volatility in oil prices by hedging for a coverage of 36% of planned fuel volume usage from April to August this year, with an average ceiling price of $1,130 per metric tonne, the carrier added.