(Sky News) – EasyJet has warned it expects to operate a weaker flight programme than hoped for in the coming months because of a series of coronavirus pressures.
The no-frills airline said it had to focus on “profitable flying” as the wider industry bids to recover from the COVID-19 lockdown that has resulted in thousands of job losses to date.
In a statement to the City, easyJet said it was clear that passenger confidence had taken a hit amid evolving pandemic-related restrictions across Europe and UK quarantine rules.
It read: “In response to this reduced demand for travel… easyJet now expects to fly slightly less than the 40% of planned capacity for Q4 2020 which was highlighted at our Q3 trading update.
“This is the result of continued schedule thinning as we continue to focus on profitable flying.”