Budget airline easyJet has confirmed it will be restarting flights next month – but with “enhanced safety measures” in place.
The carrier said a small number of routes will resume on June 15 to locations with “sufficient demand” to support profitable flying.
The initial schedule will mainly involve domestic flights in the UK and France, according to the airline.
More routes will be announced over the coming weeks, easyJet said, as customer demand increases and lockdown measures across Europe are relaxed.
Johan Lundgren, easyJet chief executive 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.”
EasyJet’s safety measures
· 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, easyJet said.
The carrier said it would also “continue to promote” its mobile app in a bid to reduce the number of paper boarding passes and would work closely with airports to make sure all measures recommended by local and European authorities are implemented.
Mr Lungden added: “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.”
EasyJet said it would refine its schedule planning and capacity expectations for the rest of 2020 while also “minimising cash burn”.