Budget airline easyJet has announced that it will be resuming its flights next month, returning to almost full capacity in August ready for Britons’ summer holidays. The airline, which grounded its fleet when travel restrictions were introduced, said it will resume flying to almost three quarters of its route network by August.
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The airline also plans to return flying half its routes in July.
However, there will be a lower frequency of flights which equates to around 30 percent of normal summer capacity.
The Luton-based carrier will serve all its UK bases in months of July and August.
The airline industry has been severely impacted by the coronavirus pandemic since travel restrictions and bans were in put in place across the globe.
Robert Carey, Chief Commercial and Planning Officer at easyJet said that the airline that demand for flights is beginning to return.
“We are delighted to announce that we will be flying the majority of our route network across Europe, meaning customers can still get to their chosen destination for their summer holidays this year.
“We’re passionate about helping our customers get back flying, which is why we’re offering one million seats at £29.99 for those planning on booking a holiday this summer.
“Travel restrictions are being lifted and demand is starting to return, so there’s no better time for us to introduce this sale.”
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easyJet has said in a press release that the airline is also launching its “biggest ever” summer sale.
The airline is offering its customers over one million flights to holiday destinations across Europe between July 1 and October 31 2020.
There will be fewer flights but customers will have the chance to choose a city break or a beach destination.
Paris, Milan and Rome are just some of the cities on offer while the Balearics and Canary Islands are great for those looking to soak up the sun on a beach.
Other locations induce Italy, Croatia and Portugal, Egypt and Morocco.
From June 15, the airline will be resuming flights from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Belfast in the UK.
Many airlines have been forced to ground their fleets, furlough staff and cut jobs to weather the financial strain of the pandemic.
It comes as easyJet said it would be cutting up to 4,500 jobs recently due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The move will see the company axe 30 percent of its work force after hiring 15,000 people at the beginning of 2020.
The airline said in a statement: “To effect the restructure of our business, easyJet will shortly launch an employee consultation process on proposals to reduce staff numbers by up to 30 percent, reflecting the reduced fleet, the optimisation of our network and bases, improved productivity as well as the promotion of more efficient ways of working.”
Other airline such as British Airways, Ryanair and Virgin Atlantic have all been forced to cut jobs due to the pandemic.
British Airways is set to cut up to 12,000 jobs from its work force of 42,000.
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