EasyJet grounds ‘entire fleet’ over coronavirus

31 March, 2020 12:00 AM printer

LONDON: British airline easyJet on Monday said it had grounded its entire fleet because of the coronavirus pandemic but would still be available for rescue flights to repatriate stranded customers, reports AFP.

“As a result of the unprecedented travel restrictions imposed by governments in response to the coronavirus pandemic and the implementation of national lockdowns across many European countries, easyJet has, today, fully grounded its entire fleet of aircraft,” it said in a statement.

“At this stage there can be no certainty of the date for restarting commercial flights.” The carrier, which already last week began to ground a majority of its planes, added Monday that it had so far operated 650 rescue flights, returning more than 45,000 customers.