easyJet is to resume some flights on June 15, with all passengers and cabin crew told to wear face masks to protect against the coronavirus.

The airline has announced that it would restart a “small number” of routes where customer demand allows. The initial schedule will include domestic routes across the UK and France.

easyjet will require customers to provide and wear their own face coverings. The initial easyJet flights will be between UK airports including Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Belfast. The only international service from the UK with operate between Gatwick and Nice. In Europe, some services will resume between Portugal, Switzerland and Spain.

Measures will include advanced disinfection

As well as the requirement for customers and crew to wear masks, additional safety and wellbeing measures will include enhanced aircraft disinfection for aircraft and no food service onboard flights, all of which operate on a short-haul network.

The measures have been implemented in consultation with aviation authorities ICAO and EASA, in line with relevant national authorities and medical advice through the airline’s chief medical adviser.

easyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren said: “I am really pleased that we will be returning to some flying in the middle of June. These are small and carefully planned steps that we are taking to resume operations. We will continue to closely monitor the situation across Europe so that when more restrictions are lifted the schedule will continue to build over time to match demand while also ensuring we are operating efficiently and on routes that our customers want to fly.

“The safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority which is why we are implementing a number of measures enhancing safety at each part of the journey from disinfecting the aircraft to requiring customers and crew to wear masks. These measures will remain in place for as long as is needed to ensure customers and crew are able to fly safely as the world continues to recover from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. We look forward to welcoming our customers back onboard in June.”

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