MIAMI – easyJet (U2) has announced that it will be redeploying capacity from the UK to Germany for a number of Spanish flights.
Much of Britain’s biggest low-cost carrier’s fleet remains grounded, as the UK’s government continues to impose severe restrictions on international travel. The carrier now plans to move a number of its Airbus A320 family jets, previously destined to operate from the UK to Palma, to its Berlin base.
Comments from easyJet
An easyJet spokesperson today said, “We are seeing European governments progressively opening up using frameworks in place which enable travel and much of it restriction-free.”
“This relaxation and removal of restrictions has sparked a positive booking momentum across Europe with the majority of our bookings showing a strong swing towards Europe – when in normal times it would be a 50-50 split with the UK.”
easyJet continued, “We are fortunate that we are able to redirect flying on our European network; for example, we have moved capacity from the UK to Palma to Berlin-Palma flying.”
The spokesperson added that over the past week, the airline has added 150,000 further seats to its intra-European network.
Like most British airlines, U2 had hoped that more countries would be added to the UK’s “green list” on June 3. However, the UK government instead tightened restrictions, with Portugal moved to the amber list. This left Gibraltar and Iceland as the only other European countries on the green list.
The announcement follows in the footsteps of German flag-carrier Lufthansa who, following a 25-fold increase in passenger booking to Palma, revealed it would deploy a number of its wide-bodied jets on Palma rotations over the peak summer season.
The firm plans to operate a 364-seat Boeing 747-8i from Frankfurt on July 17, July 24, July 31, and August 7. A 293-seat A350-900 will depart Munich for the Spanish island on July 31.
A Plead to Free the Skies
A spokesperson for the airline said the “extraordinary measures” were being taken in response to the surge in demand for European leisure travel as borders slowly begin to reopen.
Meanwhile, the airline continues to push for a much needed easing of travel restrictions to and from the UK.
“Europe is demonstrating that a safe reopening of travel is possible and so we continue to urge the UK government to do so urgently so our customers in the UK can reunite with loved ones or travel for a much-needed break.”
Featured image: easyJet G-EZUI Airbus A320 (Inverted Livery). Photo: Lorenzo Giacobbo/Airways