EasyJet has confirmed it will be relaunching more flights from Belfast from 1 July on both domestic and international routes.
EasyJet will operate 18 routes in July and 21 in August from Belfast to destinations across the airline’s European network.
On 15 June a small number of mostly domestic flights began operating from Belfast for the first time since the airline grounded its fleet at the end of March as a result of Covid-19. Throughout July some international flights will also resume from Belfast on routes to a variety of city and beach destinations including Spanish favourites Alicante, Malaga, Barcelona and the Balearics, as well as Portugal – all with great value fares still available.
EasyJet plans to fly around 50% of its 1022 routes in July increasing to around 75% in August, although with a lower frequency of flights equating to around 30% of normal July to September capacity.
During the lockdown period the fleet of aircraft has been maintained in a flight ready condition to enable the airline to resume flights at the right time.
A new range of additional measures are 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 crew 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.
Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager commented: “We are really pleased to be relaunching more flights from Belfast International Airport from 1 July and starting to get customers reunited with loved ones, back to work or away on their much-needed summer holidays. With so many families travelling over the peak summer easyJet has teamed up with a superhero illustrator to create comic book inspired face mask covers for children flying this summer to help ease the experience for both kids and parents. Irish artist Will Sliney, best known for his work on Marvel comics Spider-Man and Star Wars, has created a range of new comic book inspired face mask covers for young easyJet flyers.
“Of course, the safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority. This is why we have implemented 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.”