EasyJet to relaunch flights in June — Travel restriction updates

EasyJet to relaunch flights in June — Travel restriction updates

EasyJet to relaunch flights in June — Travel restriction updates

Its flights will principally be on domestic routes, as well as a minimal number of global routes, but easyJet said it expects to increase operations as demand builds and coronavirus containment measures are relaxed across Europe.

easyJet PLC (LON:EZJ) has announced that it will resume flights on June 15 on routes where there is sufficient demand to run a profitable service.

The carrier will add further routes in the following weeks, as and when passenger demand rises and lockdown measures ease further across Europe.

EasyJet's president, Johan Lundgren, stated the airline company was taking "small and carefully planned steps" to progressively resume procedures.

"We are continuing to work closely with all of airline partners on their plans to restart flight operations".

EasyJet's budget rival, Ryanair, has said it will look to operate up to 40 per cent of its schedule by July, while IAG, the owner of British Airways, has set a similar target.

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easyJet said it would continue to refine schedule planning and capacity expectations for the remainder of 2020, which will be confirmed in due course.

A Glasgow Airport spokesman said: "Today's announcement from EasyJet to recommence flight operations next month and introduce enhanced measures to safeguard passenger and crew wellbeing is welcome news". Planes will undergo extra cleaning and disinfection and disinfectant wipes and hand sanitiser will be available onboard.

There will also initially be no food service onboard flights.

The decision has been taken in consultation with advice from aviation authorities, and "in line with relevant national authorities and medical advice through the airline's chief medical adviser", it says.

Flying will involve new safety measures for both passengers and crew who, along with ground staff, will be required to wear masks.

"These measures will remain in place for as long as is needed to ensure customers and crew are able to fly safely as the world continues to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic", concluded Lundgren.

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