Budget low-cost carrier easyJet is moving flights from the UK elsewhere in Europe, in light of the British government’s continued COVID-19 restrictions, due to the spread of the Indian variant. Planes scheduled to fly out of the UK to Palma in Majorca were diverted out of Berlin instead.
“We are seeing European governments opening up using frameworks in place which enable travel and much of it restriction-free,” said easyJet spokesperson. “This relaxation and removal of restrictions have sparked a positive booking momentum across Europe with the majority of our bookings showing a strong swing towards Europe – when in normal times it would be a 50-50 split with the UK.”
The spokesperson confirmed the airline added 150,000 seats to its intra-European network, adding that “Europe is demonstrating that a safe reopening of travel is possible and so we continue to urge the UK Government to do so urgently.”
Earlier this month, the UK government moved Portugal and Spain from the green list to amber, along with most other European nations, except Gibraltar and Iceland, so it’s safe to say the European travel industry is not expecting to see much traffic from the UK this summer.