A number of airlines, including Easyjet have said in recent days and weeks that they may need to ground aircraft as demand drops and further restrictions are implemented around where aircraft can fly to.
This morning Easyjet took this one step further and grounded all of this aircraft, this is after there were many pictures of British Airways planes lined up at Bournemouth airport.
Easyjet said they have grounded all aircraft for two months and that they have completed a series of repatriation flights this past weekend.
They are allowing anyone with flights booked during this period to move them free of charge. Full details can be found on their coronavirus information pages.
A number of airlines, including Easyjet could be affecting by strike action over the summer if union plans go ahead.
Staff working on behalf of several airlines are threatening to walk out which will affect those travelling from a number of UK airports over the coming weeks.
Unite have already announced dates for strike action for the following airports:
Stansted – Easyjet check in staff
July – 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th and 29th
August – 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 23rd, 24th, 25th, 26th and 27th
Heathrow – various airport staff
July – 26th and 27th
No dates planned as yet. Maintenance and security staff set to start balloting re industrial action.
Ryanair staff are set to ballot re industrial action as are British Airways. More information on these will be posted as we get confirmation, but in the meantime if you are travelling from Heathrow on the July dates you may want to change your plans or allow plenty of extra time before you travel.
Those travelling with Easyjet from Stansted on the above dates will almost certainly have issues flying or their flight cancelled. If a flight is delayed or cancelled due to industrial action then the airline does not have to offer compensation. Easyjet have yet to announce any contingency plans around these dates.
British Airways, Easyjet and Virgin Atlantic all move in the coming weeks at Gatwick airport.
Gatwick over recent years has been a massive change in the way it operates. New signage, different layouts and relocation of services have all improved the customer experience. Anyone who has used the airport since it was sold by BAA will have noticed the difference.
The following changes are taking place.
From 24th January 2017
All Easyjet flights will depart from the North Terminal, no Easyjet services will run from the South. At present their flights are split across both.
From 25th January 2017
All British Airways flights will depart from the South Terminal
All Virgin Atlantic flights will depart from the North Terminal
If you booked your flights sometime ago then the information may be incorrect on your booking confirmation so check with the airport or your airline if you are unsure.
There is a free shuttle service between terminals should you find yourself at the wrong building.
The changes will also mean that Virgin and BA have new lounge offerings. We will be covering their new facilities in subsequent posts.
Main image by Tim Sheerman-Chase
Many people ask what what bags they can take on board with them on easyJet flights.
So, here is a quick round-up of what you can take into the cabin with you.
easyJet allows ONE item of cabin baggage per passenger. If you take just ONE piece of cabin baggage which does not exceed 50 x 40 x 20cm including handles and wheels they will guarantee it will always travel with you either in the overhead locker or under the seat in front of you.
If you choose to take one item which is slightly bigger than the above size and no bigger than 56 x 45 x 25cm including handles and wheels, on some busy flights your bag may have to go into the hold.
Don’t forget that there are rules on what can be carried in your hand luggage with special notice of liquid requirements:
- Liquid must be in a container with a maximum volume of 100ml
- All containers must comfortably fit into a transparent, re-sealable 1 litre plastic bag, measuring no more than 20 x 20cm
- The plastic bag must be removed from the hand baggage and shown separately to airport security
UK rules for baggae allowance can be found on gov.uk
To purchase cases which match easyJet requirements, click here.