EasyJet has restarted flights today [Monday, June 15] for the first time since March.
The airline relaunched operations with a 7am flight from Gatwick to Glasgow.#
EasyJet CEO, John Lundgren, said: “I am really pleased to be relaunching our flights and welcoming customers back onboard today.
“While we are starting with a small number of flights this will build over the coming weeks to cover around 75% of our network by August.”
He added: “Of course, the safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority. This is why we have implemented 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.”
But as EasyJet resumes flying, what are the destinations and new rules?
This week 310 flights across the airline’s European network will relaunch, including from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Belfast in the UK, on mainly domestic routes.
Some flights also resumed today on domestic and international routes from France, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal.
The airline will ramp up its operations in the coming weeks with plans to fly around 50% of its 1022 routes in July, increasing to around 75% in August.
Although flights will be at a lower frequency than normal, meaning the airline will operate at around 30% of its normal capacity between July and September.
New EasyJet rules
The additional cleaning and disinfection procedures for aircraft cabins are on top of an existing daily aircraft cleaning schedule. Every aircraft will be subject to a daily disinfection process which provides surface protection from viruses that lasts for at least 24 hours.
– All passengers and crew will be required to wear masks onboard at all times
– When flights restart, the Bistro and Boutique service will not be available
– All flights will be equipped with spare sanitary equipment including masks, gloves and hand sanitiser
– Customers will be able to use EasyJet’s automated bag drop to check in their hold luggage and screens will be in place at check in desks and at airports where auto bag drop is not available
– Ground crew and cabin will not handle any customer documents during boarding so customers will be asked to present and scan their own documents
– EasyJet already encourages all customers to check in online and download their boarding pass onto their smart phone or to print their own boarding passes before arriving at the airport
– Customers will be able to practice social distancing in the airports, at gates and during boarding
– Onboard, and where possible, customers may be able to sit at distance where seats are available
Despite the eagerness of airlines to restart flights, there is currently a 14-day quarantine policy imposed in the UK and the government’s official advice currently remains to avoid all non-essential travel.