For the first time in 12 weeks, easyJet resumed its flights this week, starting with a small number of mainly domestic routes. Passengers boarded the very first flighton Monday from the newly reopened North Terminal at Gatwick airport, travelling to Glasgow.
Chief Executive, Johan Lundgren, told the PA news agency that the Luton-based carrier took guidance from international regulators to develop an enhanced safety and hygiene regime, ahead of the resumption of flights.
Each passenger and crew member is required to wear a mask, aircrafts will be regularly deep-cleaned and disinfectant wipes and hand sanitiser will be readily available. All aircrafts will be stocked with spare masks and gloves to ensure these are on hand at all times. In addition, no food service will be provided onboard and alcohol will not be available – passengers will be limited to glasses of water. Once onboard, travellers will be allowed to spread themselves out through the cabin where empty seats are available.
Lundgren said not operating a single flight in nearly three months has been “devastating”, and the airline is “super-excited” to return to the skies. When asked if he would feel safe on a packed plane journey, he replied: “I would feel 100% safe.”
UK airports on the initial easyJet network include Belfast International, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Inverness, the Isle of Man, Liverpool and Newcastle. Key continental locations include seven French airports: Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Nice, Paris CDG and Toulouse, with Barcelona, Geneva, Lisbon and Porto also served.
From 1st July, the airline will resume a much wider range of routes, though it will operate only 30 per cent of its originally planned services during the summer.