Following the many travel restrictions imposed in light of the Coronavirus pandemic by governments all over the world, EasyJet officially grounded its entire fleet of 344 planes until further notice. EasyJet had already canceled most of its flights and reached an agreement with unions on furlough plans for cabin crew employees. Moving forward, the budget airline and the union "Unite" have reached an agreement on furlough plans for cabin crew employees. Starting April 1, crew members will be paid 80 percent of their average wages for two months.
The company has operated more than 650 rescue flights so far, bringing about 45,000 people back to their homes, with the latest one being made on March 29, and with more to be done should the government request it. It is still unknown when commercial flights will begin once more, as the situation, and the demands and regulations regarding it are ever-changing.
"I am extremely proud of the way in which people across EasyJet have given their absolute best at such a challenging time, including so many crew who have volunteered to operate rescue flights to bring our customers home," said EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren. "We are working tirelessly to ensure that EasyJet continues to be well-positioned to overcome the challenges of coronavirus.”