Published on : Tuesday, June 16, 2020
British low-cost airline group easyJet has finally decided to resume operations of flights from 22 airports across Europe starting today. The move comes for the first time since flight operations were suspended back during the month of March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The very first flight took off from London Gatwick Airport for Glasgow this morning. The destination is also the very first place the airline flew back in November 1995 when it launched operations.
The airline continued to maintain and prepare itself for resuming operation during the COVID-19 hiatus. The carrier have also decided to resume activities of 310 flights this week across the airline’s European network including from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Belfast in the U.K., on mainly domestic routes. Some flights also resumed operations on domestic and international routes from France, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal.
Majority of flights for the month of June will be operating on domestic routes. However, the airline has also planned to start 50% of its 1,022 routes in July increasing to around 75% in August. This would still be considered as a lower frequency of flights that equals to 30% of the usual capacity from July to September. Similar to various airlines across the globe, easyJet has also undertaken additional measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all passengers and employees.
As a part of the latest measures, enhanced aircraft disinfection for easyJet aircraft has been planned. No food service will initially be available onboard as flights will mostly operate on a short-haul network. Usage of facila masks has been made mandatory for all travellers, cabin crew and ground crew. All measures have been implemented in consultation with aviation authorities ICAO and EASA with regard to relevant national authorities and medical advice through the airline’s chief medical adviser.
Johan Lundgren, Chief Executive, easyJet chief executive said in a recent press statement that that company is elated to resume flights and is excited to welcome customers back onboard. He shared that the safety and wellbeing of customers and crew will continue to be the utmost priority for the carrier and hence a number of measures have been introduced to enhance safety at each part of the journey from disinfecting the aircraft to the necessity of wearing masks. He also informed that the measures will remain in place as long as needed to ensure customers and crew their safety and security as the world continues to battle the COVID-19 crisis.