Easyjet is restarting flights to Europe from 1 July - including routes to Spain, Italy and Greece

By Claire Schofield
Friday, 26th June 2020, 12:43 pm
Updated Friday, 26th June 2020, 12:43 pm
From 1 July, Easyjet plans to run around 500 flights per day across Europe (Photo: Shutterstock)
From 1 July, Easyjet plans to run around 500 flights per day across Europe (Photo: Shutterstock)

Hundreds of international flights will be taking off from next week, as Easyjet restarts its operations.

The budget airline has already begun domestic flights within the UK, but will be running a number of international routes to Europe from 1 July.

Where can I fly to?

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    As of 1 July, tourists will be able to fly to a number of popular European holiday destinations from 14 airports across the UK, including Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester.

    Easyjet has said it plans to fly around 50 per cent of its 1,022 routes next month, with operations to increase to around 75 per cent in August, although there will be a lower frequency of flights of around 30 per cent.

    The airline will operate 36 routes in total in July, with Spain, France, Italy, Greece and Portugal among the destinations available.

    This will then increase to almost 60 routes in August to destinations across Easyjet’s European network, including Paris, Barcelona, the Balearics, Croatia, the Canary Islands and Berlin.

    From the start of July, Easyjet plans to run around 500 flights per day across Europe, as well as more than 900 domestic flights per week to and from the UK. Its first flight since operations were stopped due to the coronavirus outbreak took off from London Gatwick on 15 June, arriving in Glasgow.

    What safety measures will there be on flights?

    A number of new measures will be in place on Easyjet flights as part of efforts to ensure passengers’ safety.

    These will include enhanced disinfection of all aircraft and no food service onboard flights initially. Cabin crew, ground crew and passengers will also be required to wear face masks to help reduce the risk of virus transmission.

    Are foreign holidays allowed yet?

    Currently, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is still advising against all but essential international travel.

    On 15 June, the European Union lifted its travel restrictions and is allowing individual countries to decide if they will welcome tourists. France, Italy, Portugal and Spain are among the countries that are now welcoming travellers from the UK, while others have quarantine restrictions in place.

    A two week quarantine period is currently in force for anyone who travels into the UK, affecting anyone arriving by plane, train or ferry, as well as UK nationals returning from other countries.

    Travellers to Ireland are required to quarantine for 14 days upon entry, while tourists visiting Greece will have to be tested for coronavirus on arrival. UK tourists are currently not allowed to enter Australia, India, the United States or New Zealand.