Low-cost carrier Easyjet (U2/EZY) has said it plans to restart domestic flying from 22 European Airports from the 15th June.
The airports include routes from many UK airports including London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Belfast, and Isle of Man.
Easyjet’s aim is to initially return to primarily domestic routes with a few international routes with further routes building as customer demand increases.
The airline has been effectively grounded since travel restrictions came into force as a result of the Coronavirus Pandemic but these restrictions are now starting to easy prompting a much-needed return to the skies for many airlines.
In addition to the UK routes, Easyjet will also resume flying from Nice, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon and Lille in France, as well as from Geneva in Switzerland, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, and Barcelona in Spain.
A new range of measures to keep passengers safe will be used on flights including enhanced aircraft disinfection and customers, cabin and ground crew will be required to wear masks.
The airline also said there will also initially be no food service onboard flights, all of which operate on a short-haul network.
Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, said: “I am really pleased that we will be returning to some flying in the middle of June. These are small and carefully planned steps that we are taking to 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 to fly.
“The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority which is why we are implementing 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.
“We look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard in June.”
Easyjet has also released a video outlining the new measures that will be in place for customers’.