easyJet plans massive changes to flights after coronavirus

Passengers will notice a big change in their easyJet flight after the coronavirus travel ban comes to an end.

The airline is currently discussing ways to keep their staff and passengers safe when flights resume.

The airline's chief executive Johan Lundgren said among options being considered were keeping the middle seat free to aide social distancing as well as disinfectant programmes on board – reports Mirror Online.

Most easyJet aircraft are configured with mainly three seats in a row, either side of the aisle.

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The change would involve passengers in window and aisle seats having an empty seat next to them.

Mr Lundgren said: “Our assumption is that load factors will not be back to normal early on, which means that we will have the opportunity for a middle-seat option, but I’m talking about this as an initial phase and nobody knows for how long that phase will be."

The budget airline said it didn't have plans for exactly when flights would be ready to take off again, but added that it could react fast once travel bans are lifted.

An easyJet spokeswoman said: “We are continuing to explore all ideas around what health and safety measures will best protect our customers and employees when we restart commercial flights.

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"Based on our discussions with EASA and other agencies, it is likely there may be new ways of operating. This could include leaving middle seats empty to create more space for passengers.

"We don’t know what they will be as yet so will assess these as and when we are required to introduce them in order to operate using best practice and in compliance with any rules or new ways of operating as the safety of our passengers and crew remains our highest priority.”

As to when flights would start again, easyJet said: "At this stage there can be no certainty of the date for restarting commercial flights.

"We will evaluate continuously based on changing regulations and customer demand and will update the market in due course.

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"Our strategy, network and data science teams are working through different demand scenarios for re-starting flying, which could be done with as little as two weeks' notice."

As to concerns about rising prices, Lundgren said the airline was keeping its options open.

He said: “I think we just need to be very flexible in terms of how the programme would look, and then we need to see what the pricing will be at that point in time and the profitability of those flights.

“But I think that’s something we can only know once these restrictions are lifted and we can look at what the impact this will have on sales going forward."

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