Britain’s biggest budget airline has announced it will resume operations on 15 June – with new biosecurity measures to reduce risks to passengers.
EasyJet grounded its entire fleet in mid-March. The airline says it will operate a much-reduced network of mainly domestic flights from the mid-June date when many intra-EU barriers are due to be removed.
Ten of the 22 European airports are in the UK: Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Gatwick, Glasgow, Inverness, the Isle of Man, Liverpool and Newcastle.
Key Continental locations include seven French airports: Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon, Nantes, Nice, Paris CDG and Toulouse.
The airline is introducing the requirement for passengers and crew to wear masks, and says it will enhance aircraft cleaning and disinfection procedures.
The easyJet chief executive, Johan Lundgren, said: “These are small and carefully planned steps that we are taking to 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.”
Ryanair and British Airways have continued to fly throughout the coronavirus pandemic, though at a much-reduced scale. Both of easyJet’s big rivals plan to re-start operations at scale in July, though UK government quarantine plans may affect those decisions.