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EasyJet grounds entire fleet due to coronavirus pandemic

by LLB Reporter
30th Mar 20 10:09 am

EasyJet has grounded its entire fleet of aircraft until further notice, due to “unprecedented” travel restrictions across the globe, the airline said.

EasyJet said in a statement, “As a result of the unprecedented travel restrictions imposed by governments in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the implementation of national lockdowns across many European countries, easyJet has, today, fully grounded its entire fleet of aircraft.”

Adding, “Over recent days easyJet has been helping to repatriate customers, having operated more than 650 rescue flights to date, returning home more than 45,000 customers.

“The last of these rescue flights were operated on Sunday March 29. We will continue to work with government bodies to operate additional rescue flights as requested.

“At this stage there can be no certainty of the date for restarting commercial flights.

“We will continuously evaluate the situation based on regulations and demand, and will update the market when we have a view,”

Staff will be paid 80% of their average pay by the government.

The government has asked easyJet staff to volunteer at the new 4,000 bed NHS Nightingale hospital in London.

During the daily Downing Street press conference on Sunday, Dr Jenny Harries the deputy chief medical officer warned that the UK lockdown could last for up to six months, or even longer.

She warned people that no one should see the coronavirus crisis as “something that will blow over” within weeks.

Italians are reaching boiling point and are fast becoming restless during the coronavirus lockdown, and are calling for a “revolution.”

Due to money shortages and food shortages, as Italian citizens have been in lock down for two weeks, people are organising raids on supermarkets across the country.

Thousands of Italians have lost their livelihoods and have food shortages at home, one father in Palermo said they have very little food and his daughter is reduced to eating just bread.

The Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, has announced that food vouchers will be issued to citizens amid calls for a “revolution” with fears the “Mafia” will “exploit the situation.”

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