easyJet to ground majority of fleet from March 24

easyJet has made this announcement:

Following the country lockdowns, travel restrictions and changes to travel advice across its network, easyJet has taken the decision to ground the majority of its fleet of aircraft from Tuesday, March 24 onwards.

We will continue to operate rescue flights as required to repatriate customers and anticipate most of our rescue operations to be completed by Monday, March 23.

Details of the rescue flights we are operating to repatriate customers can be found here: https://www.easyjet.com/en/policy/coronavirus-rescue-flights.  If you are currently abroad, we urge you to rebook yourself onto a rescue flight prior to Monday.

In addition, we anticipate operating a minimal schedule of essential services on some routes. This will be a maximum of 10% of our usual capacity during this time of year and mainly routes to, from and within the UK.

We will continue to review our flight schedule on a weekly basis to ensure that it matches current demand. ​With recent guidance, we recognize many customers with existing reservations do not intend to travel, and so we would encourage them to change their tickets for free now, as this will allow us to best match our remaining flying to the demand.  easyJet continues to waive all change fees for customers who want to move their flight to a later date and they can now change up until February 28, 2021.  Customers will be contacted directly if their flight is cancelled and will be provided with their options.

Johan Lundgren, easyJet CEO, said:

“These are unprecedented times for the airline industry. We know how important it is for customers to get home and so are continuing to operate rescue flights over the coming days to repatriate them.  Significantly reducing our flying program is the right thing to do when many countries have issued advice to their citizens not to travel unless it is essential and the aircraft groundings will also remove significant levels of variable costs at a time when this remains crucial.”

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