easyJet to restart flying from June 15 with new bio-security measures

easyJet has said that it will resume some flights on June 15.

UK-based Services will be operating from London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness, Belfast, and Isle of Man in the UK. In addition, flying will resume in France from Nice, Paris Charles de Gaulle, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Nantes, Lyon and Lille, as well as from Geneva in Switzerland, Lisbon and Porto in Portugal, and Barcelona in Spain.

The flights will operate mainly on domestic routes alongside a minimal number of international routes. Several new measures will be in place to help ensure the safety and wellbeing of all customers and crew onboard. These include: enhanced aircraft disinfection for easyJet aircraft; customers, cabin and ground crew will be required to wear masks; there will also initially be no food service onboard flights, all of which operate on a short-haul network. The measures have been implemented in consultation with aviation authorities ICAO and EASA, and in line with relevant national authorities and medical advice through the airline’s chief medical adviser.

Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet, commented: ‘I am really pleased that we will be returning to some flying in the middle of June. 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 while also ensuring we are operating efficiently and on routes that our customers want to fly.

‘The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority which is why we are implementing a number of measures enhancing safety at each part of the journey from disinfecting the aircraft to requiring customers and crew to wear masks. These measures will remain in place for as long as is needed to ensure customers and crew are able to fly safely as the world continues to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

‘We look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard in June.’

The airline has also released a video outlining the new measures being taken. The video can be viewed at: https://vimeo.com/420797408/e0c5ccb978.

UK Business Travel Expenditures Rises in 2012 Second Quarter

The Guild of Travel Management Companies, a UK-based professional association of travel companies, has announced that business travel spending in the UK is increasing at a faster pace than the UK economy.

In its second quarterly transaction survey for 2012, the association has reported that air travel, rail travel, car hire and ancillary services have registered growth in comparison with the same quarter last year, while hotels have maintained a similar level of activity to that in the same period last year.

John Williams, the general manager at GTMC, said, ‘The static figure for hotel transactions may reflect anomalies due to the Olympics. It will be interesting to see what happens in the third quarter.’

While Rail sales in the second quarter of 2012 are lower than those in the 2012 first quarter, at 14 percent growth rate, they still remain better than those reported in the 2011 second quarter. Car hire has also reported a 6 percent increase in the 2012 second quarter compared to the same period last year.

Air travel is up by 2 percent in the second quarter of 2012, compared to same quarter in 2011, while sales of other services, including consultancy services, ferries, visas, currency exchange and meet and greet, are showing a 10 percent increase in the 2012 second quarter, compared to the 2011 second quarter.

The GTMC chief executive officer, Ann Godfrey, said, ‘Once again the business conducted by GTMC members seems to be slightly better than that being reported elsewhere. Whilst not spectacular these figures show that, with caution, things are better than may have been expected.’