Published on March 30th, 2020 | by Alan Dwyer0
Easyjet suspends operations
UK low-cost airline has announced the suspension of all flights from Wednesday 1st April due to the Coronavirus outbreak. All staff are to be given a two month leave of absence with flights not expected to return to the skies until early June. In recent days, numerous flights and routes have been cancelled and some of the airports they serve have now closed down. The airlines 344 aircraft are being put into storage at bases around the UK and Europe.
The airline said in a statement, “As a result of the unprecedented travel restrictions imposed by governments in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the implementation of national lockdowns across many European countries, easyJet has, today, fully grounded its entire fleet of aircraft.” The airline had already operated around 650 rescue flights to repatriate customers across Europe by Sunday 29th March. Easyjet has already suspended its service from Belfast in light of the COVID-19 outbreak and the airport has now no commercial airline services remaining. Belfast Aldergrove will remain open for emergency services and cargo flights in the coming weeks but all non essential staff have been temporarily laid off.
UK based cabin crew from Easyjet have been invited to volunteer at the new Nightingale hospitals which are being created to provide care for the anticipated high numbers of Coronavirus patients. Temporary hospitals are currently being prepared at the Excel Centre in London with others planned in Birmingham and Manchester.