EasyJet reveals routes it will resume from 15 June
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Update 26 May 2020: EasyJet has revealed the domestic routes as well as one international route that it will fly when the airline takes to the air again on 15 June. The routes are as follows:
From Northern Ireland’s main airport, there will be flights to Birmingham (BHX), Bristol (BRS), Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA), Gatwick (LGW), Liverpool (LPL) and Newcastle (NCL).
From Merseyside, there will be flights to the Isle of Man (IOM).
London Gatwick (LGW)
And from the airline’s largest London hub, flights will be operating to Belfast (BFS), Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA), Inverness (INV), Isle of Man (IOM) and Nice (NCE).
Of the 21 European airports that will see the return of EasyJet flights, 10 are in the U.K. and include Belfast (BFS), Birmingham (BHX), Bristol (BRS), Edinburgh (EDI), Glasgow (GLA), Inverness (INV), Isle of Man (IOM), Liverpool (LPL) London Gatwick (LGW) and Newcastle (NCL). Notable exceptions to this list are Luton (LTN), Manchester (MAN), Southend (SEN) and Stansted (STN), from which EasyJet doesn’t plan to resume operations just yet.
Initially, the airline plans to start flying domestic routes with the exception of a very small number of international flights, which weren’t detailed in Thursday’s press release.
“These are small and carefully planned steps that we are taking to resume operations”, EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren said in the statement. “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 to fly”.
By resuming mostly domestic flights, the airline is planning to avoid any government-imposed travel restrictions for arriving passengers. For example, the U.K. plans to require incoming international passengers to self-isolate for 14 days, a move that is thought to put off international travellers. By staying domestic, EasyJet is relying on the movement of travellers within the U.K., meaning they could avoid the 14-day quarantine.
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As of this time, the FCO still advises against all non-essential travel.
As many airlines around Europe are doing, extra precautions will be taken to ensure the safety of EasyJet passengers and crew alike. There will be enhanced aircraft cleaning and disinfection, which will include a daily disinfection process, in addition to normal cleaning protocols.
Passengers, crew and ground crew will be required to wear masks. Spare masks, gloves and hand sanitiser will be on board should passengers or crew require extra.
Additionally, the airline is completely cutting inflight services. No food or drinks will be served when flights resume.
In other measures, passengers will be asked to show and scan their own documents at the gate to reduce crew-to-passenger contact. Plastic screens will also be added in airports where auto bag-drop is not available.
“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”, Lundgren said.
Other cities that will see the return of flights are Bordeaux (BOD), Lille (LIL), Lyon (LYS), Nantes (NTE), Nice (NCE) Paris (CDG) and Toulouse (TLS) in France; Geneva (GVA) in Switzerland; Lisbon (LIS) and Porto (OPO) in Portugal; and Barcelona (BCN) in Spain. However, these airports will mostly operate to domestic counterparts.
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