EasyJet to ground almost all planes from next week
EasyJet has said it will ‘ground the majority of its fleet of aircraft’ from Tuesday in response to travel restrictions aimed to prevent the spread of coronavirus, Metro reports.
It will operate rescue flights ‘as required to repatriate customers’ still abroad and will continue to run a ‘minimal schedule of essential services’, which will mainly involve routes serving the UK. Repatriation flights are expected to end by Monday.
The airline’s chief executive Johan Lundgren said: ‘We know how important it is for customers to get home and so are continuing to operate rescue flights over the coming days to repatriate them.
‘Significantly reducing our flying programme is the right thing to do when many countries have issued advice to their citizens not to travel unless it is essential, and the aircraft groundings will also remove significant levels of variable costs at a time when this remains crucial.’