Following flight resumptions later this month, easyJet announced today that is looking to fly 50% of its 1,022 routes in July and 75% in August. These services will include trips across Europe and North Africa.
Progress is being made
According to a press release sent to Simple Flying, these routes will be operated with a lower frequency of flights. Approximately, the low-cost carrier will be performing at 30% of its standard capacity between July and September.
Towards the end of last month, the British outfit revealed that it will be resuming flights from June 15th. Initially, it will be focusing on domestic destinations, including London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, and Belfast.
With its aircraft sitting on the ground since March 24th due to the global health crisis, it is gradually regrowing its network over the next few months. However, August looks to be the month where it will start to affirm its strong presence in the skies once again.
The operator has highlighted Paris, Milan, Rome, Balearics and the Canary Islands as some hotspots for August. Additionally, passengers may be looking to travel with the carrier to the likes of Croatia, Portugal, Egypt, and Morocco.
easyJet’s chief commercial and planning officer, Robert Carey, shared his excitement about getting operations going again. As part of the grand return, his firm is offering a million discounted tickets for travel between July 1st and October 31st this year. The company is calling this initiative its biggest ever summer sale.
“We are delighted to announce that we will be flying the majority of our route network across Europe, meaning customers can still get to their chosen destination for their summer holidays this year,” Carey said.
“We’re passionate about helping our customers get back flying, which is why we’re offering one million seats at £29.99 for those planning on booking a holiday this summer. Travel restrictions are being lifted, and demand is starting to return, so there’s no better time for us to introduce this sale.”
A change of scene
Many travelers may be reluctant to hit the air so soon amid all the safety concerns and restrictions in place. Therefore, along with the sale, easyJet is overhauling is hygiene measures.
Some of these procedures are as follows:
- Enhanced aircraft disinfection for easyJet aircraft.
- The use of HEPA filters, which filter 99.97% of airborne contaminants in the cabin, including viruses and bacteria.
- Onboard social distancing where possible.
- The mandatory use of masks for customers, cabin, and ground crew.
- For the time being, no food service onboard flights, all of which operate on a short-haul network.
There are also several changes being made on the ground. Passengers will be able to use the airline’s automated bag drop to check in their hold luggage, and screens will be in place at check-in desks and at airports where auto bag drop is not available.
Additionally, staff will not handle any customer documents during boarding. Instead, customers will present and scan their documents. Moreover, employees on the ground wear gloves and masks at all times when transporting customer luggage to and from the aircraft.
All of these processes have been implemented in consultation with aviation authorities ICAO and EASA. They are also in line with relevant national authorities and medical advice through the easyJet’s chief medical adviser.
Improvement in the climate
Altogether, the virus outbreak is showing signs of slowing down in Europe, and the UK easing its lockdown measures. So, there should be plenty of people looking to go on a break later this summer.
However, the success of easyJet’s promotions could depend on if the UK government’s 14-day quarantine is still in place. Several groups may not be willing to go on vacation as the quarantine procedure will take up most of their annual leave allocations.
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