EasyJet boss insists Brits should ‘feel 100% safe’ on packed flights as airline reopens – Latest News

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Passengers and crew are required to wear masks, aircraft are regularly deep-cleaned, and disinfection wipes and hand sanitiser are being made available.

Chief executive Johan Lundgren told the PA news agency that the Luton-based carrier took guidance from international regulators to develop an enhanced safety and hygiene regime ahead of its resumption of flights on Monday.

This week chief executive Johan Lundgren will travel on his first EasyJet flight since the airline grounded its planes for the pandemic, with new sanitation measures in place

EasyJet grounded all of its aircraft on March 30 as the coronavirus pandemic was taking hold

Planes are regularly deep-cleaned to reduce the spread of coronavirus

EasyJet’ s boss has insisted he would “feel 100% safe” on packed planes as the airline restarts operations for the first time in 11 weeks.

Mr Lundgren said not operating a single flight in nearly three months has been “devastating”, and the airline is “super-excited” to return to the skies.

EasyJet’s first UK flight since it grounded its aircraft on March 30 due to the coronavirus pandemic was from Gatwick to Glasgow, taking off at 7am.

“The recommendations that we’ve implemented have been defined together with international regulators Easa (European Aviation Safety Agency), ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation), the CAA (Civil Aviation Authority) and also our own company’s medical doctors and expertise.”

Asked if he would be anxious about his health if the plane is full, he replied: “I would feel 100% safe.

He will travel on his first easyJet flight after the restart on Wednesday.

The Airbus A321neo – easyJet’s largest aircraft – can seat 235 passengers.

He went on: “We would hope and would be really looking forward to restrictions being either lifted, or air bridges put in place where it made sense to do so, allowing UK customers as well as people in the rest of Europe to be able to go on a holiday.”

Despite the 14-day quarantine policy and current travel restrictions imposed in the UK, Mr Lundgren said he believed summer holidays will be possible.

EasyJet’s initial schedule involves mainly domestic flying in the UK and France.

Air bridges would involve travellers arriving from countries where the risk of being infected by coronavirus is deemed to be low to avoid having to self-isolate for 14 days.

It plans to reopen half of its 1,022 routes by the end of next month, increasing to 75% during August.

The airline will ramp up its operations in the coming weeks.

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