easyJet returns to operating leisure flights from the UK

Published on : Tuesday, May 18, 2021

easyJet has launched holiday and leisure flights from the UK to European destinations once again. The airline has decided to 186 flights to ‘green list’ countries throughout the month of May with the first taking off from London Luton to Faro. This is shortly followed by a flight from Gatwick to Faro, followed by more flights to Faro and a Gibraltar flight. The airline currently operates more seats to European green list destinations than any other UK operator with more than 1.6 million seats now available to these destinations.

easyJet and easyJet holidays saw UK bookings surge within hours of the UK government’s announcement to reveal the initial list of destinations. The airline has added more than 105,000 additional seats on sale across existing routes from the UK. easyJet operates to Portugal, Gibraltar, Israel and Iceland which are on the green list. The low-cost carrier has also said it will continue to operate to ‘amber’ countries where it sees demand among customers willing to take the quarantine as required on return.

Johan Lundgren, Chief Executive, easyJet, said in a statement that the airline is delighted to be getting back to flying customers on international leisure trips once again either for a break or to reunite with loved ones after many months apart. He mentioned that the carrier is aware that pent-up demand is there and it can be seen every time that restrictions are eased and to cater for it the airline have put an extra 100,000 seats on sale from the UK to green list destinations to help customers take to the skies once again.

He added that the company is absolutely committed to a safe restart and are confident this can happen while protecting both the health system and the success of the vaccine programme. He also shared that authorities were disappointed that so few countries are put onto the green list as it is simply not justified by the data or the science and is inconsistent with the approach to reopen the domestic economy. However he also asked to expect the number of countries on the green list to grow next month to include many popular summer destinations. He also shared that the carrier has industry-leading flexible policies so customers can book with confidence and change their plans if they need to.

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