Chamber News 21st May 2020
easyJet has announced plans to resume some flights from 15th June, including the airline’s daily services between Glasgow, London Gatwick and Belfast International airports.
In addition, the airline will also resume flights across its European network in France from Nice, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon and Lille, as well as from Geneva in Switzerland, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, and Barcelona in Spain.
Flying will principally be on domestic routes alongside a minimal number of international routes. The airline expects to increase flying as customer demand continues to build and restrictions are relaxed.
During the lockdown period, the airline’s fleet has been grounded and aircraft have been maintained in a flight-ready condition to enable easyJet to resume flights quickly at the right time.
A new range of additional measures will be in place to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of all customers and crew onboard. These include enhanced aircraft disinfection for easyJet aircraft; customers, cabin and ground crew will be required to wear masks; there will also initially be no food service onboard flights, all of which operate on a short-haul network.
The measures have been implemented in consultation with aviation authorities ICAO and EASA, and in line with relevant national authorities and medical advice through the airline’s chief medical adviser.
Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, commented: “I am really pleased that we will be returning to some flying in the middle of June. These are small and carefully planned steps that we are taking to 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 to fly.
“The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority which is why we are implementing a number of measures enhancing 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 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.
“We look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard in June.”
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. We are continuing to work closely with all of airline partners on their plans to restart flight operations.”
The airline has also today released a video outlining the new measures that will be in place for customers’ wellbeing for when they next travel.
The video can be viewed by clicking here.