EasyJet warns majority of fleet could be grounded as airlines enter critical week

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On Monday morning, easyJet said it would continue to operate rescue flights for short periods “where we can” to repatriate passengers; however, it would also be cutting operations further.

“These actions will continue on a rolling basis for the foreseeable future and could result in the grounding of the majority of the easyJet fleet,” the airline said in a statement.

Chief executive Johan Lundgren added: “At easyJet we are doing everything in our power to rise to the challenges of the coronavirus so that we can continue to provide the benefits that aviation brings to people, the economy and business.

“European aviation faces a precarious future and it is clear that coordinated government backing will be required to ensure the industry survives and is able to continue to operate when the crisis is over.”

On Sunday, Sky News reported that Britain’s airline industry needs emergency government support worth up to £7.5bn to avert a catastrophe that would wipe out tens of thousands of jobs.

Meanwhile, most of the world’s airlines could be bankrupt by the end of May without help from the government and industry, according to a major aviation consultancy.

The warning comes from CAPA Centre for Aviation, an airline analysis and consulting firm based in Australia, as airlines worldwide cut schedules and staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Demand is drying up in ways that are completely unprecedented,” CAPA said in a report. “Normality is not yet on the horizon.”



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