EasyJet has confirmed it will be relaunching more flights from airports across Europe, including 14 airports across the UK, on both domestic and international routes.
From 1 July the airline’s schedule will build to around 500 flights a day across its European network, including over 900 flights a week to and from the UK.
On 15 June a small number of flights began operating for the first time since the airline grounded its fleet at the end of March as a result of Covid-19. These flights have been on mainly domestic routes from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Belfast. From 1 July some flights will also resume from London Luton, London Stansted, Manchester and Aberdeen.
Flights on some international routes from London Gatwick, London Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Belfast will relaunch to a variety of city and beach destinations including the city staples of Paris, Milan and Barcelona. easyJet has increased its capacity across beach destinations from the UK for July and August. Summer sun favourites offered include the Balearics and Canary Islands and lively beach destinations across Greece, Croatia and Portugal – all with great value fares still available.
The airline will also launch a brand new summer route from Gatwick to Stockholm on 20 July with fares available from £39.99 and will be on sale in the coming days.
easyJet will also resume some flying from main bases in The Netherlands and Germany for the first time, as well as on more domestic and international routes from France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Portugal.
easyJet plans to fly around 50% of its 1022 routes in July increasing to around 75% in August, although with a lower frequency of flights equating to around 30% of normal July to September capacity.
During the lockdown period the fleet of aircraft has been maintained in a flight ready condition to enable the airline to resume flights at the right time.
A new range of additional measures are in place to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of all customers and crew onboard. These include enhanced aircraft disinfection for easyJet aircraft; customers, cabin crew and ground crew will be required to wear masks; there will also initially be no food service onboard flights, all of which operate on a short-haul network. The measures have been implemented in consultation with aviation authorities ICAO and EASA, and in line with relevant national authorities and medical advice through the airline’s chief medical adviser.
Robert Carey, Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer said, “We are really pleased to be relaunching even more of our flights from 1 July and starting to get customers away on their much-needed summer holidays. With so many families travelling over the peak summer easyJet has teamed up with a superhero illustrator to create comic book inspired face mask covers for children flying this summer to help ease the experience for both kids and parents. Irish artist Will Sliney, best known for his work on Marvel comics Spider-Man and Star Wars, has created a range of new comic book inspired face mask covers for young easyJet flyers.
“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.”