The UK’s largest airline will now reduce its schedule as “customer confidence to make travel plans has been negatively affected”.
From 4am tomorrow, travellers arriving in England from Lesbos, Tinos, Serifos, Mykonos, Crete, Santorini or Zakynthos (also known as Zante) will have to self-isolate for 14 days.
EasyJet had earlier expanded its schedule to 1,000 flights a day, but the government’s latest announcement means “customer confidence to make travel plans has been negatively affected”
The company has said it wants to focus on “profitable flying”.
EasyJet is set to cut flights after the government announced tourists returning from seven Greek islands must quarantine.
Just over a month ago, easyJet had expanded its schedule to 1,000 flight a day – but its capacity is now expected to be reduced by 2%.
“We called on the government to opt for a targeted, regionalised and more predictable and structured system of quarantine many weeks ago so customers could make travel plans with confidence.”
“We know our customers are as frustrated as we are with the unpredictable travel and quarantine restrictions.
Johan Lundgren, the easyJet chief executive, said: “Following the imposition of additional quarantine restrictions to seven Greek islands and the continued uncertainty this brings for customers, demand is now likely to be further impacted and therefore lower than previously anticipated.
Gloria Guevara, chief executive of the World Travel and Tourism Council, said the regional quarantine policy is “just scratching the surface”.
Mr Lundgren is one of a host of aviation and travel industry leaders calling on the government to commit to a coronavirus testing regime to reduce self-isolation requirements.
“The longer we wait, the more the ailing travel and tourism sector faces collapse.”
She argued: “We must abandon wholesale ineffective, destructive and costly quarantines and replace them with rapid, cost-effective testing on departure at airports.
A spokesman for British Airways’ owner IAG criticised the government for being “too slow” in decision-making, urging ministers to “get on with it” on testing.
“On testing, we need to get on with it. We are way behind other countries on what has to be a more nuanced approach.”
“For most families summer is now over and the damage to the industry and the economy is done,” the spokesman said.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said his department is “working actively on the practicalities of using testing to release people from quarantine earlier than 14 days”.
Greg Feehely and Kirk Wylie, from Clapham, south London, arrived from Mykonos to Heathrow airport on Tuesday just hours before quarantine measures come into place.