Easyjet has announced a further ramping up of flights from next week, as the carrier moves towards serving 75 per cent of its network by August.
From July 1 Easyjet will operate around 500 flights per days across its European network, including over 900 flights per week to and from the UK.
Services will resume from Luton, Stansted, Manchester and Aberdeen for the first time since all flights were grounded at the end of March, and the carrier says it intends to fly 50 per cent of its 1,022 routes in July.
Selected international routes from Gatwick, Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Belfast will relaunch to destinations including Paris, Milan and Barcelona, and there will be an increased capacity across beach destinations for July and August, including the Balearics and Canary Islands, and “lively beach destinations across Greece, Croatia and Portugal”.
A new summer route between Gatwick and Stockholm is also set to launch on July 20 (fares starting from £39.99 each way, on sale in the coming days), and Easyjet will resume flights from its main bases in The Netherlands and Germany.
The airline recently published new health and hygiene measures, which are being implemented “in consultation with aviation authorities ICAO and EASA, and in line with government and medical advice”. These include:
- Customers, cabin and ground crew being required to wear masks
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfection of Easyjet aircraft
- Availability of disinfectant wipes and hand sanitiser onboard
- Initially, no onboard food service
Commenting on the news Robert Carey, chief commercial and strategy officer, said:
“We are really pleased to be relaunching even more of our flights from July 1 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.”