· Since the UK Government announcement last week, the airline has now added 105,000 extra seats and currently offers more seats on flights to European Green list destinations than any other UK operator
· 25,000 extra seats have been added to the additional 80,000 put onto Green countries to serve demand for travel to green list destinations this summer
· Over 1.65 million seats are now available from 10 UK airports to green list destinations and summer fares still available from just from just £29.99*, with package holidays available from £359** per person
· The airline operates to Gibraltar from more UK airports than any other carrier
· easyJet and easyJet holidays are providing more flexibility for flights and holidays than ever before through its Protection Promise, including fee free flight changes to any date or destination up to 2 hours before departure
· The pent-up demand shows that Brits want to travel to green destinations this summer and easyJet has launched a new Traffic Light System information page for flights and holidays to help customers to navigate the new system, plan a trip and prepare for travel this summer
To help take more Brits away on a long-awaited summer break, easyJet has put an additional 105,000 seats on sale across existing routes to Gibraltar and Portugal since the list was confirmed by the UK government last week, to serve demand for travel to green list destinations this summer. This includes a further 25,000 seats and more package holidays from the UK to Portugal.
Offering more seats on flights to European green list destinations than any other UK operator, easyJet has over 1.65 million seats to green list destinations now available from 10 UK airports including London Gatwick, London Luton and Manchester, meaning Brits have more opportunity to be reunited with friends and family or enjoy a summer getaway. Summer fares still available from just from just £29.99* with package holidays available from £359 per person.**
With its dramatic coastlines and buzzing cities, Portugal has long been a firm favourite for summer holidays for all kinds of travellers. Flights and holidays are now available to book online at easyJet.com and easyJet.com/holidays.
Even more seats to Portugal with easyJet are now available on routes from:
Belfast to Faro operating twice a week on Sundays and Thursdays
Bristol to Faro operating three times a week on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
Bristol to Madeira (Funchal) operating weekly on Sunday
Bristol to Porto operating weekly on Saturdays
London Gatwick to Faro operating up to three times a week
London Gatwick to Madeira (Funchal) operating once a week on Sundays
London Gatwick to Lisbon operating up to three times a week on Saturdays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays
London Gatwick to Porto
Liverpool to Faro operating three times a week on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
London Luton to Faro operating once a week on Saturdays
London Luton to Lisbon operating twice a week on Sundays and Mondays
London Luton to Porto
Manchester to Faro
Manchester to Porto
easyJet and easyJet holidays have also created a new online Traffic Light System information page to help customers navigate green, amber and red list destination requirements so they plan and prepare for travel. The page will be updated with the latest status when the UK Government makes any announcements and serves as a useful resource for customers as countries move between the traffic light categories.
Ali Gayward, UK Country Manager of easyJet, commented:
We know how much people are longing for a getaway, so weve increased our flights to Green list destinations to take as many customers away as possible to reunite them with friends and family or on a long-awaited holiday this summer. We cant wait to take our customers to Portugal, a popular summer destination that offers something for all types of travellers.
We are committed to a safe restart and are confident this can happen while protecting our customers. We also expect the number of countries on the Green list to grow next month to enable safe travel to many of our popular European summer destinations, and we have flexible policies so customers can book with confidence and change their plans if they need to.
easyJet holidays has confirmed that it is set to restart its holidays to Portugal as planned from 17 May, with breaks to Albufeira, Vilamoura and Alvor leading the charge as the most popular destinations. Package holidays to Portugal this summer are available from £359 per person at easyJet.com/en/holidays. The holiday operator is also supporting customers with a travel information page detailing everything they need to know for upcoming holidays.
All customers booking flights with easyJet and holidays with easyJet holidays benefit from industry-leading flexible booking policies under its Protection Promise, which means that customers can book now with confidence that if their plans change, so can their booking.
All easyJet customers will now be able to change their flights this summer without a change fee, at any time up to two hours before departure, or request a voucher providing even more last-minute flexibility. Unlike other airlines, there are no restrictions on dates or destination; customers can transfer to any flights currently on sale up to the end of September 2022, and to any other destination on the airlines network which spans 35 countries across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. This means that if some travel restrictions are impacting their destination country, such as self-isolation in destination or on return to the UK, customers can easily change their trip to another country on easyJets network. Plus, should a mandatory hotel quarantine impact a customers travel destination this summer, customers can now request a refund for their flight within four weeks before departure if the restriction is still in place, even if their flights are still operating.
For package holiday bookings, under its existing Protection Promise easyJet holidays customers only need to pay their balance 28 days before travel, and if they need to make any changes or simply change their mind customers can cancel 28 days or more before departure and receive their deposit back as easyJet holidays credit with any further payments refunded back to the original payment method. easyJet holidays has now enhanced it Covid commitments in line with the traffic light system for any customers due to travel this summer up to 30 September 2021. It means should a holiday destination feature on the amber list, customers can make fee free changes within 28 days all the way up to 24 hours before travel. Or should a destination be on the red list, holidays here wont go ahead, and as the planned departure date gets closer, customers can make fee free changes within 28 days or easyJet holidays will cancel the holiday no later than seven days before travel with customers given a full refund.
easyJet has partnered with approved testing firms across Europe so that customers can get access to convenient and affordable testing, including PCR tests from £60 if required for their trip when they book flights and holidays at easyJet.com. The airline has also launched a new travel insurance policy which includes COVID-19 cover as standard. The new COVID-19 travel insurance will cover customers who are diagnosed with COVID-19 ahead of a trip, providing the necessary rearrangements or refunds, as well as cover to customers for any required medical care if diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip. Customers who are unable to return home due to being diagnosed with the virus are also covered for additional accommodation, necessary medical assistance, and the cost of returning home safely.
The safety and wellbeing of all customers and crew remains easyJets highest priority and the airline continues to have a number of biological safety measures in place onboard in line with guidance from the relevant authorities. This includes daily enhanced cabin disinfection effective in protecting against coronavirus for at least 24 hours and mandatory mask wearing for customers and crew. All easyJet aircraft are already fitted with HEPA filters, similar to those used in hospitals, which filter 99.97% of airborne contaminants in the cabin, including viruses and bacteria.
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Notes to editors:
*Fares one way per person including taxes.
**Prices are return airfares, hotel, 23kg luggage and transfer (on beach holidays)
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easyJet flies on more of Europes most popular routes than any other airline and carried more than 96 million passengers in 2019 more than 16 million travelling for business. The airline has over 300 aircraft on nearly 1000 routes to more than 150 airports across 35 countries. Over 300 million Europeans live within one hours drive of an easyJet airport.
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About easyJet holidays
easyJet holidays offers great-value beach, city and lakes holidays to more than 100 destinations across Europe, directly through their website and through over 3000 travel agent partners. The ATOL-protected holidays company combines easyJets flexible flight programme, handpicked hotels and best-in-class technology to provide hassle-free personalised holiday experiences which can be secured with a deposit of just £60 per person. The holidays operator is an ABTA member too, providing additional reassurance to customers under the UKs most trusted travel scheme.
With a range of holiday types, from adult and family to luxury and undiscovered, transfers included on beach holidays, 23kg hold luggage included as standard on all bookings, and over 5,000 hotels, across over 500 resorts, customers can holiday the way they want.
All easyJet holidays are covered by its Protection Promise, an industry leading policy giving customers ultimate flexibility, protection and reassurance and letting them book with total confidence. The Promise offers a refund guarantee, freedom to change a booking, a reduced balance due date, a Best Price Guarantee, deposit refunds, and Covid commitments to ensure flexibility if there are known restrictions at home or in destination.
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