EasyJet To Resume Flights Next Month With Hiked Safety Rules
EasyJet plans to start offering a small number of flights from as easy as next month, with strict safety protocols in place.
The budget airline will be implementing a face mask rule for all staff and passengers onboard its aircrafts, among other stringent measures.
The company has said that, at first, it will only operate domestic flights from 22 European airports, starting on June 15th.
These airports include Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Belfast. Plus, places like Paris, Barcelona and Geneva on the continent.
However, later down the line they will add further routes, when coronavirus permits.
Other safety measures will include thoroughly cleaning aircrafts between journeys and providing disinfection wipes and hand sanitisers to passengers.
Plus, there will be no food sold during the flights.
EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren 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."
He added that "the safety and wellbeing of our customers remains our highest priority," and the new measures they have introduced will remain in place for "as long as is needed".
While EasyJet's announcement is a step in a positive direction, it is important to note that the FCO currently advise against all but essential travel - so, it's not time to jump on a plane just yet, unless you have to.
However, these guidelines are being closely monitored as the months go on, and may change.
The news comes just days after EasyJet revealed it had become victim of a "highly sophisticated" cyber attack, which put over 2000 customer credit cards at risk.
An investigation from the airline found that travel details and emails of around 9 million customers had been accessed by third party scammers.
Many have already been contacted by EasyJet, while the rest will be informed in the "next few days".
Here is a list of EasyJet UK's domestic routes resuming from June 15th:
- Belfast to Birmingham
- Belfast to Bristol
- Belfast to Edinburgh
- Belfast to Glasgow
- Belfast to London Gatwick
- Belfast to Liverpool
- Belfast to Newcastle
- Birmingham to Belfast
- Bristol to Belfast
- Edinburgh to Belfast
- Edinburgh to London Gatwick
- Glasgow to Belfast
- Glasgow to London Gatwick
- Inverness to London Gatwick
- Isle of Man to London Gatwick
- Isle of Man to Liverpool
- London Gatwick to Belfast
- London Gatwick to Edinburgh
- London Gatwick to Glasgow
- London Gatwick to Inverness
- London Gatwick to Isle of Man
- London Gatwick to Nice
- Liverpool to Belfast
- Liverpool to Isle of Man
- Newcastle to Belfast