Saturday, 21 March 2020

easyJet to ground almost all of its aircraft next week.

The UK's easyJet has taken the decision to ground the majority of its fleet of aircraft from Tuesday 24 March onwards due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.   The carrier plans to continue to operate certain rescue flights as required to repatriate customers, but they should be completed by Monday 23 March.

In addition, the airline would also be operating a minimal schedule of essential services on some routes, expected to be a maximum of 10% of the usual capacity during this time of year and these are mainly routes to, from and within the UK.  

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.”

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