easyJet has today announced that it will resume flights on 15 June.
A small number of flights will restart on routes where we believe there is sufficient customer demand to support profitable flying. The initial schedule will comprise mainly domestic flying in the UK and France. Further routes will be announced over the coming weeks as customer demand increases and lockdown measures across Europe are relaxed.
We will continue to refine our schedule planning and our capacity expectations for the remainder of 2020, which will be confirmed in due course, whilst also continuing our focus on minimising cash burn.
Alongside the resumption of services, easyJet has announced a range of new measures to help ensure the health and wellbeing of both customers and crew onboard. These 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 sanitiser onboard
· Initially, no onboard food service
The measures have been implemented in consultation with aviation authorities ICAO and EASA, and in line with government and medical advice.
We will also continue to promote our easyJet mobile app, which avoids paper boarding passes, and work closely with our partner airports to ensure all measures recommended by local and European authorities are implemented.
Johan Lundgren, easyJet CEO said:
"I am really 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.
"The safety and wellbeing of our customers remains our highest priority, which is why we are implementing a number of 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 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."