EasyJet is restarting its operations to airports across the UK from next week. However, the airline plans to restart hundreds of more international flights from UK airports.
The airline is starting its domestic and international flights from July 1. The airline also received major cash funds to make its finances better in the pandemic crisis.
However, the airline was operating with domestic flights in the UK and France. The airline will add more flights to its schedule in the coming weeks.
Increasing Number of Flights
The airlines will be operating its flights from 14 airports throughout the UK. It will be flying to international destinations such as France, Spain, and Italy, and many more.
However, from next month the airline will be flying around 500 flights every day across Europe. Moreover, it will be operating over 900 flights a week to and from the UK.
After grounding its airplanes in March amid the pandemic, the airline restarted a small number of flights for the first time on June 15.
Moreover, it is planning to reopen half of its 1,022 routes by the end of next month. However, which will be an increase to 75% during August.
Air Bridges Yet to be finalized
As there are reports that air bridges will be in place from next week. This will allow the British holidaymakers to take holidays in other countries without quarantine for 14 days.
However, the UK government will be finalizing the decision of air bridges in the coming days. This will allow people to visit a small number of countries such as Spain, France, and Greece.
Safety of the Passengers and Crew Are Top Most Priority
Robert Carey, chief commercial and strategy officer, said, “We are really pleased to be relaunching even more of our flights from 1 July. And starting to get customers away on their much-needed summer holidays.”
He also mentioned, “Of course, the safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remain our highest priority.”
Furthermore, he said, “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 wear mask.”
The airline has imposed strict new social distancing measures for passengers. Moreover, EasyJet is not selling any food item on their flights.
Tim Alderslade, chief executive of Airlines UK, said, “They demonstrate how airlines can apply targeted and multi-layered measures to ensure air travel is safe for customers and crew.”
Managing The Finances
The airline raised £419 million from investors to help it meet the expenses and run the operations smoothly.
The airline shares fell on Thursday morning after it revealed it secured the funding through a placing of 59.5 million shares at 703p per share.
The company slid to a £353 million pre-tax losses for the year to March, falling from a Pound 272 million losses for the same period a year earlier.
Easyjet said the share placing would shore up its finances after grounding all of its flights for 11 weeks as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
However, the number of passengers in the airline fell by 7.4%, which is around 3 million people since March. Due to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic.
Last month the airline announced layoffs of around 4,500 jobs from its workforce to manage its expenses.
Moreover, EasyJet received around £ 1.7 billion of additional funding. Around £600 million was from the Bank of England’s COVID Corporate Financing Facility (CCFF).