EasyJet blames government for failing to get flights off the ground

EasyJet blames government for failing to get flights off the ground

EasyJet today blamed the government’s wavering travel advice for failing to get flights off the ground.

The airline warned that it will have only flown 40% of its capacity between July and September this year as customers have to interpret rapidly changing advice from the government over travel.

Yesterday seven Greek islands were added to the UK’s quarantine list and doubts still hangover countries like Portugal.

Chief executive Johan Lundgren said: “We are closely monitoring customer behaviour and amending flying to ensure our schedule is aligned with demand.

“Following the imposition of additional quarantine restrictions to seven Greek islands and the continued uncertainty this brings for customers, demand is now likely to be further impacted and therefore lower than previously anticipated.

“We now expect to fly slightly less than 40% of our planned schedule over the current quarter. We will continue to take a prudent and conservative approach to capacity, as we have done during this period.

“We know our customers are as frustrated as we are with the unpredictable travel and quarantine restrictions.”

EasyJet also said it will continue to review its liquidity position on a regular basis to assess any further funding opportunities.

EasyJet shares fell 4% or 26.6p at 602.6p.

Lundgren is one of a host of aviation and travel industry leaders calling on the Government to commit to a coronavirus testing regime to reduce self-isolation requirements.

Gloria Guevara, chief executive of the World Travel and Tourism Council, said: “We must abandon wholesale ineffective, destructive and costly quarantines and replace them with rapid, cost-effective testing on departure at airports.

“The longer we wait, the more the ailing travel and tourism sector faces collapse.”