UK budget airline EasyJet has grounded its entire fleet of planes for an undisclosed period citing unprecedented travel restrictions due to COVID19 pandemic. The airline has 331 planes serving 1051 routes plying 159 airports.
The airline had cancelled most services and had only been running rescue flights repatriating Britons stranded abroad. EasyJet remains commited to work closely with the government ‘as requested’ in rescue operations having flown 650 rescue flights taking 45,000 people home.
Customers with pre-booked flights will receive a full refund to the original form of payment within seven days. However, the airline is urging customers on cancelled flights to tranfer to an alternative flight free of charge or receive a voucher for the value of their booking online.
Across the UK flights remain grounded as a measure to contain spread of coronavirus. IATA said that airlines will need $200 billion to survive with governments promising to help ‘as a last resort’.