EasyJet cuts capacity on weaker passenger confidence

(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.”


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