Having been grounded since March 30, easyJet has announced it will reintroduce a small number of flights from June 15. The first routes flown will serve some as yet unnamed UK and French destinations where the airline foresees enough demand to make its flights profitable. More services will be added as demand rises.
The airline said it will introduce better cleaning and disinfection routines, make hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes and hand sanitiser available on board and all passengers, cabin and ground crew will be required to wear masks. It will not be blocking out the middle seat on its flights and, initially, no food will be served onboard.
The airline’s CEO, Johan Lundgren, commented: “We will continue to closely monitor the situation across Europe so, when more restrictions are lifted, the schedule will continue to build over time to match demand, while also ensuring we are operating efficiently and on routes that our customers want.”
The announcement follows the airline’s admission that the personal data of 9 million customers, including email addresses and travel details, was accessed in a “highly sophisticated” cyber-attack. It said the hackers took the credit card details of 2,208 of its customers but explained that it has already those customers whose card details were taken. Everyone else affected by the data breach will be contacted by May 26.