easyJet grounds entire fleet of aircraft over coronavirus after 650 rescue flights

easyJet grounds entire fleet of aircraft over coronavirus after 650 rescue flights

The airline announced this morning in a shock move that amid the coronavirus pandemic, they will ground their fleet of aircraft. easyJet said in a statement: “As a result of the unprecedented travel restrictions imposed by governments in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the implementation of national lockdowns across many European countries, easyJet has, today, fully grounded its entire fleet of aircraft.

But the commercial sector of their business has closed for good now.

The company has worked with Unite the union to agree to two-month furlough arrangements for cabin crew.

This means that crew will be paid 80 percent of their average pay through the Government job retention scheme.

easyJet’s largest base is London Gatwick but it also serves 159 other airports, 1,051 routes, has 9,000 UK-based staff including 4,000 cabin crew.

 

The aviation industry has taken a hit in recent weeks due to a slump in demand due to the coronavirus pandemic.

A huge plunge in passenger numbers has forced airlines such as easyJet and Ryanair to ground their fleet.

Bigger airlines such as BA and Virgin Atlantic have instead cut the schedules by 90 percent.

Some airports have warned that they could close within weeks due to a lack of customers as more and more countries impose travel restrictions.

Earlier this month, the collapse of Flybe saw smaller regional airports in the UK take a hit.

Published at Mon, 30 Mar 2020 06:36:00 +0000