Following the country lockdowns, travel restrictions and changes to travel advice across its network, easyJet has taken the decision to ground the majority of its fleet of aircraft from Tuesday 24 March onwards.
easyJet will continue to operate rescue flights as required to repatriate customers and anticipate most of our rescue operations to be completed by Monday 23 March.
In addition, easyJet anticipates operating a minimal schedule of essential services on some routes. This will be a maximum of 10% of its usual capacity during this time of year and mainly routes to, from and within the UK.
easyJet will continue to review our flight schedule on a weekly basis to ensure that it matches current demand. With recent guidance, easyJet recognise many customers with existing reservations do not intend to travel, and so the airline would encourage them to change their tickets for free now. easyJet continues to waive all change fees for customers who want to move their flight to a later date and they can now change up until 28 February 2021. Customers will be contacted directly if their flight is cancelled and will be provided with their options.
Johan Lundgren, easyJet CEO, said:
“These are unprecedented times for the airline industry. We know how important it is for customers to get home and so are continuing to operate rescue flights over the coming days to repatriate them. Significantly reducing our flying programme is the right thing to do when many countries have issued advice to their citizens not to travel unless it is essential and the aircraft groundings will also remove significant levels of variable costs at a time when this remains crucial.”