Summer bookings rise for EasyJet
LONDON (UK) – British low cost airline EasyJet said it was planning to fly about 40% of its capacity for the rest of the summer, which would make for more than what was originally scheduled. Bookings were stronger than expected despite ongoing restrictions because of the pandemic.
The return to flying in Europe, which was not fixed yet, poses threats from the rising COVID-19 cases, prompting the UK to impose travel restrictions for Spain.
EasyJet said late summer bookings were “performing well” and compared with earlier guidance of 30%, it would now aim to fly 40% of last year’s capacity in its fourth quarter.
The pace of easyJet’s capacity recovery comes next to Europe’s largest budget carrier, Ryanair, which said for July it would fly about 40% of normal capacity, increasing it to 70% in September.
EasyJet asserted on Tuesday that its focus remained on costs. The airline said in May that it would cut 4,500 jobs to survive the pandemic.
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