easyJet has put more flights and holidays for 2022 on sale earlier than ever before to provide more choice for customers as the UK looks to reopen following Covid-19.
The travel industry has broadly welcomed a roadmap for the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions in the UK, with some companies already reporting a surge in bookings.
Chief executives from leading UK-based airlines have added their voices to calls for the prime minister to ensure an aviation recovery roadmap is announced next week.
Research from Cirium comparing daily fleet activity for the past 90 days shows how easyJet placed more than half its aircraft in storage to reduce capacity.
easyJet Holidays has seen a spike in demand for trips, with bookings for summer this year up 250 per cent compared to the same time last year.
The deal is underwritten by a syndicate of banks and is supported by a partial guarantee from UK Export Finance under its Export Development Guarantee scheme.
In expectation of a rapid return to flying once restrictions are eased, the airline will base four more aircraft at the airport, taking its fleet up to a record 71 aircraft by next summer.
The move provides further options for customers whose travel plans have been disrupted due to the pandemic so they can rebook all the way up until spring 2022.
easyJet will permit passengers to stow only one small bag under the seat in front of them from February 10th as the low-cost carrier seeks to boost auxiliary revenue.
The low-cost carrier has reported a loss before tax of £1.27 billion for financial 2020 as the Covid-19 pandemic rips through the aviation industry. The figure compares to a profit of £430 million last year.
The decision follows from France, Germany and the UK in recent day to reintroduce stricter measures to tackle growing numbers of cases of Covid-19.
easyJet has raised £305 million in fresh liquidity following the sale and lease back of a number of aircraft. The low-cost carrier confirmed arrangements for nine aircraft with two counterparties this morning.