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easyJet to resume operations on June 15, but no Gib flights yet

Nick Ansell

easyJet is set to resume flights on June 15, although Gibraltar is not yet on the list of designations as the airline emerges from the lockdown.

The low-cost carrier announced that its initial schedule will involve mainly domestic flying in the UK and France.

The only international route from the UK will be between Gatwick and Nice, France.

Further routes will be confirmed “over the coming weeks” as demand increases and coronavirus lockdown measures across Europe are relaxed, the airline said.

UK airports to be served by easyJet from June 15 include Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness and Belfast.

As part of new safety and hygiene measures, passengers and crew will be required to wear masks in airports and on aircraft.

There will be no food sold during flights, enhanced cleaning of planes, and disinfection wipes and hand sanitiser made available to passengers.

EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren said: “I am really pleased that we will be returning to flying in the middle of June.”

“These are small and carefully planned steps that we are taking to gradually resume operations."

“We will continue to closely monitor the situation across Europe so that, 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 safety and wellbeing of our customers remains our highest priority, which is why we are implementing a number of measures to enhance safety at each part of the journey, from disinfecting the aircraft to requiring customers and crew to wear masks.”

“These measures will remain in place for as long as is needed to ensure customers and crew are able to fly safely as the world continues to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.”

easyJet admitted on Tuesday that nine million of its passengers had their email addresses and travel details exposed in a “highly sophisticated” cyber attack.

An additional 2,200 customers also had their credit card details stolen.

The airline insisted there is “no evidence that any personal information of any nature has been misused”. (PA)