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Low-cost carrier easyJet has announced that it has now grounded its entire fleet as a result of “unprecedented travel restrictions” resulting from the COVID-19 situation. The airline did make clear though that rescue flights will continue for people stranded abroad: “We will continue to work with government bodies to operate additional rescue flights as requested”.
easyJet had already cancelled the vast majority of flights anyway, so today’s announcement doesn’t make a huge amount of difference in the immediate future. More concerning is that the airline is unable to offer an indication of when flights might restart:
“At this stage there can be no certainty of the date for restarting commercial flights. We will continuously evaluate the situation based on regulations and demand, and will update the market when we have a view.”