easyJet has resumed some of its first flights in 12 weeks this morning, with the first UK flight to resume from Gatwick Airport to Glasgow. In a bid to protect passengers and crew the airline has introduced a number of new biosecurity measures which all those travelling onboard must abide by.
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It was announced a few weeks ago that all passengers and crew will be required to wear masks onboard.
Ground staff will similarly be asked to wear face masks and gloves at all times.
All aircraft will also be stocked with spare hand sanitiser, face masks and gloves to ensure these are available at all times should passengers run out.
Once onboard, travellers will be able to spread themselves out through the cabin where empty seats are available.
Initially, food will not be available onboard, along with purchases from the onboard boutique.
easyJet has not yet specified whether this will change as the airline ramps up its offering throughout the summer months.
The airport experience has also been amended to reduce contact between travellers.
Passengers will check-in their luggage using an automated bag drop, and screens will be in place at check-in desks where the bag drop is not available.
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Ground staff and cabin crew will no longer handle customer documents, and instead, passengers will be asked to present and scan their own documents.
Passengers are also encouraged to use online check-in and to print their own boarding passes, or download them onto a smartphone if possible.
easyJet adds that it is working with individual airports to determine any specific rules, such as self-declaration health forms and temperature screening measures.
Cleaning measures onboard have been increased too, with extra disinfection procedures which the airline says “provides surface protection from viruses that lasts for at least 24 hours.”
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This week, easyJet will resume 310 flights across the airline’s European network from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Belfast in the UK.
Some flights also resumed today on domestic and international routes from France, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal.
Though the majority of its routes will be domestic, in August further international routes are set to restart.
Johan Lundgren, easyJet CEO, commented: “I am really pleased to be relaunching our flights and welcoming customers back onboard today. While we are starting with a small number of flights this will build over the coming weeks to cover around 75% of our network by August.
“This is good news for customers wanting to go on their planned holiday over the summer or wishing to book a break away.
“Of course, the safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority.
“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 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.”
The airline boss also added that he “would feel 100 percent safe” to fly with the new biosecurity measures in place.
Nationally, face masks are now mandatory on all public transport in England.
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