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easyJet reopening some flights is only the first step in returning connectivity to the country

21 May 2020

Today easyJet took a step forward in returning the country to some form of connectivity, announcing the reopening of some flights.

Gatwick airport view

 

As the recognised union at easyJet for engineering production, Prospect welcomes the move, especially as aircraft engineers will now be brought off furlough and returned to employment.

Prospect is currently working with easyJet to ensure safe working practices, allowing the aircraft to maintained, while all the appropriate measures are in place to ensure members are protected during the current pandemic.

John Stevenson Negotiations Officer for members at easyJet, said:

“This return to some manner of operation is welcome and we will be working with easyJet to ensure it can be done safely.

“This is only the first step in returning connectivity to the country. The government must look to ease the restrictions placed on travel, in a sensible and structured way, as soon as it is safe to do so. Any delay in this will threaten passenger confidence and the future viability of airlines.

“It will take some time for the industry to bounce back but it is vital for the wider economy that it can do so. Airport infrastructure will be vital in this and the government must also ensure support for fixed costs such as air traffic and fire services.”