Easyjet is ready to put its planes back on the runway. The British airline has announced plans to resume certain flights from June 15. It would be “essentially domestic flights in the United Kingdom and France. “
“A small number of flights will start again on routes where we believe there is enough demand to allow profitable flights,” says the low-cost carrier, almost all of whose planes are grounded due to the coronavirus pandemic. .
Many companies announced that a filling rate of around 60% of the aircraft would not be profitable and announced that they chose to leave the planes on the tarmac.
Ryannair evokes a recovery in July
His Irish rival Ryanair had spoken of a recovery from July. British Airways also mentioned July but its boss Willie Walsh estimated that these plans could be thwarted by the quarantine measures which the British government intends to impose on travelers arriving from abroad.
A few days ago, the International Air Transport Association (Iata) had indicated that it envisaged the resumption of national flights in June and continental flights in July must present a health protocol at the end of the month. But Easyjet already plans to wear masks, improved disinfection of devices, disinfectant dispensers, antibacterial wipes and no food served at first.
Easyjet better equipped than the competition to overcome the crisis?
Easyjet, which was also the target of a “highly sophisticated” cyber attack which exposed the personal data of approximately 9 million customers and the bank card data of more than 2,000 people, therefore hopes to quickly rebound.
On paper, the company is pretty well equipped compared to others to get by. Its half-year results, for the six-month period ended March 31, are up compared to the equivalent period of the previous year for a turnover of 2.3 billion pounds, up 1.6% .
Since the start of the pandemic, Easyjet has quickly taken measures to limit costs: short-time working teams, downward revision of investments to save one billion pounds in 2022 with the postponement of the delivery of 24 Airbus… In addition, the group has negotiated nearly 2 billion pounds of additional credit lines to bring its liquidity to a potential of 3.3 billion.