Coronavirus: EasyJet to ground majority of fleet

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EasyJet has confirmed that it is grounding the majority of its network from tomorrow (Tuesday 23 March).

The UK low-cost carrier made the decision to ground its fleet of more than 330 aircraft because of the growing numbers of travel restrictions across Europe due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The airline confirmed that it will operate rescue flights to repatriate customers.

In a statement posted on its website, EasyJet said: “Following the number of government restrictions and travel advice across our network, we will be grounding the majority of our aircraft from Tuesday 24 March onwards.

“Although we know this may be disappointing for some customers, we hope that by announcing this now, it will provide more notice and certainty for you all.

“Customers will be contacted directly if their flight is disrupted with the options available to them. Where flights are cancelled – and where local authorities allow – we will operate rescue flights to repatriate customers.”

The low-cost airline added: “We know that customers with a booking in the coming weeks may be unsure about travelling at the moment, so they can re-book to another flight later in the year without paying any change fees.

“We’ve also launched our winter schedule earlier than usual, so that there are now millions more choices of when and where to go.

“If you booked through a tour operator, travel agent or OTA, you will need to contact them directly. Worldwide customers affected should contact Dohop.”

EasyJet’s announcements follows Ryanair’s decision to ground the majority of its fleet and many other low-cost airlines taking drastic measures in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

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