easyJet to restart flights from 15th June

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easyJet has announced that it will restart flights from 21 European airports on 15th June.

Flights will operate from the following UK airports:

  • London Gatwick
  • Bristol
  • Birmingham
  • Liverpool
  • Newcastle
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Inverness
  • Belfast
  • Isle of Man

Luton, interestingly, is not included despite the large easyJet operation there.

easyjet restart flights 15th June

Other airports which will see the reintroduction of orange tailfins are:

  • France – Nice, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon, Lille
  • Switzerland – Geneva
  • Portugal – Lisbon, Porto
  • Spain – Barcelona

Initially, the majority of flights will be on domestic routesLondon Gatwick to Nice is the only international route I can find from the UK.

There will be no buy-on-board food service on these flights, and customers (and cabin crew) will be required to wear face masks.

Tickets are now bookable on the easyJet website.

Comment

It is worth pondering the extent to which the airlines are planning a face-off with the UK Government over foreign travel this Summer.

Greece has already stated that it will welcome UK tourists from 1st July, with hotels and beaches fully open.  (Greece has had very few deaths from coronavirus – under 175 so far.)  Germany, Austria and some adjacent countries will reopen their borders from 15th June.  In London, which had zero new coronavirus cases on Monday (albeit with some data not reported), the Metropolitan Police has stated that it will refuse to enforce the Government quarantine rules.

Are we going to see the airlines putting flights on sale, and advertising them openly, whilst the Government attempts to enforce 14-days quarantine without police help?  For most people working from home, ‘quarantine’ is no different to their daily routine anyway.  Let’s see how the flight schedules start to develop for July.

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Comments

  1. David S says:

    I bet most countries even in EU will probably ban us to enter their country currently since we have the highest death rates from COVID in Europe and second in the world behind US. So I think the government will try to introduce the 2 week quarantine on arrival to spite. Let’s see how that works.

    • We haven’t got the highest death rate, though the reported statistics are pretty meaningless as all countries have different testing levels.

      • mradey says:

        Correct.

        We may, though, have the highest proportion of death certificated mentioning Covid. Not the same thing.

      • BrightonReader says:

        You can measure the mortality rate in a number of ways.

        1. % rate of deaths as a proportion of the total population. Even then you can split it into those who died directly from it and those where it contributed. Though if you have it and died in a car crash on the way to hospital how would you classify that?

        2. % of deaths as a proportion of the number of people tested or even % of total number of tests carried out (would be different because some people have had more than one test)

        3. % of deaths as a proportion of positive tests.

        All have advantages and disadvantages. Statisticians seem to be moving to the excess deaths methodology.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Belgium, Spain, Italy are higher. But it’s arbitrary when reporting and testing is different in every country.

      All cause mortality will tell you more when you look back in a couple months.

      • Ducson says:

        Per capita UK’s has 2nd place in number of deaths even though average age is lower by 5 years than in Italy. There is quite high variance in the mortality if you look at last year statistics so you may over/understate them by couple thousands a month.

  2. Andrew says:

    Now that one airline’s starting services aren’t they going to force the others hands? If your flight is cancelled you’ve got a right to a reroute by any comparable means. No one’s going to take that option if no one else is flying but as soon as one airline is it could get very expensive for the ones who aren’t, probably even more expensive than a straight refund given the limited supply.

    • marcw says:

      Think about that flights in the next 3-4 weeks are very likely to operate.

    • Lady London says:

      Depends. Interline pricing for air segments is a fraction of retail pricing IIRC. I’ve got a feeling the interline rates across airlines are set up for each year via IATA.

      Newer airlines or airlines with non-standard systems, which I’m guessing might include Ryanair and Easyjet, might rely on separate direct agreements with other airlines.

      • Andrew says:

        Pretty terrible PR hit as well. People will remember how BA cancelled their summer holiday flight and Easyjet stepped in to save the day.

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