easyJet has declared that its flights will start operating June 15th onwards. A small number of flights will restart on routes where the customer demand is believed to be more, to support profitable flying. Mainly domestic flying in the UK and France will be included in the initial schedule. As customer demand increases and lockdown restrictions are eased across Europe in the coming weeks, more routes will be announced. Greece, Poland, and parts of Portugal plan to reopen tourism initially.
Johan Lundgren, easyJet chief executive, said: “I am pleased that we will be returning to flying in the middle of June. These are small and carefully planned steps that we are taking to gradually resume operations. We will continue to closely monitor the situation across Europe so that when more restrictions are lifted the schedule will continue to build over time to match demand, while also ensuring we are operating efficiently and on routes that our customers want.”
easyJet will continue to improve schedule planning and capacity expectations for the remainder of 2020. Ryanair and British Airways have planned to restart operations in recent weeks, though both are deciding to operate in July.
Safety measures by easyJet
easyJet has announced new measures to help ensure the health and wellbeing of both customers and crew onboard. These measures have been implemented with aviation authorities ICAO and EASA’s consultation and in line with government and medical advice.
The measures include:
- Customers, cabin, and ground crew will be required to wear masks.
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of easyJet aircraft.
- Availability of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer on board.
- Initially, no onboard food service.
“The safety and wellbeing of our customers remain our highest priority, which is why we are implementing several measures to enhance safety at each part of the journey, from disinfecting the aircraft to requiring customers and crew to wear masks. These measures will remain in place for as long as it is needed to ensure customers and crew can fly safely as the world continues to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic,” added Lundgren.