EasyJet takes off this Monday with a fist flight to Glasgow

Marco Green
June 16, 2020

The first flight from the United Kingdom took off from London Gatwick at 07:00 this morning for Glasgow.

This is the same destination the airline first flew to when easyJet first launched operations in November 1995.

This means that easyJet also will relaunch 310 flights this week across the airline's European network including from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Belfast in the United Kingdom, on mainly domestic routes. It is also resuming some domestic and global routes from France, Switzerland, Italy and Portugal.

The company's chief executive Johan Lundgren is leading by example, and is expected to take a seat on one of the first United Kingdom flights for around 11 weeks tomorrow.

Passengers and crew will wear masks and planes will be deep-cleaned often.

"The recommendations that we've implemented have been defined together with worldwide regulators Easa (European Aviation Safety Agency), ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation), the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and also our own company's medical doctors and expertise".

EasyJet said in May it was planning to cut 4,500 jobs, or 30 percent of its workforce.

Ryanair intends to restore 40% of its flights from July 1, while British Airways is due to make a "meaningful return" to service next month.

He said, "I do think that the government is working actively on solutions on how they can progress throughout this period where the quarantine has been put in place and we hope that that will be replaced soon with a better alternative".

Safety measures will be in place to protect customers and staff onboard, easyJet said, with masks plus enhanced cleaning of aircraft and no food service offered.

Capacity will be at about a third of usual in the busy July to September season.

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