EasyJet Cancels 100 Flights Due to COVID-19 Absences

EasyJet has cancelled about 100 flights, including 62 from the United Kingdom, on April 4 mostly due to high levels of COVID-19 infections among staff.

EasyJet grounded six flights before 6 a.m. local time on April 2 from Gatwick, its biggest base, to all three of Spain’s Balearic Islands — Mallorca, Menorca, and Ibiza — as well as Brindisi, Split, and Alicante.

There were also short-notice cancellations from Manchester to Copenhagen, Corfu, and Mykonos.

EasyJet also cancelled flights from Luton, where  the airline has its headquarters, to Milan, Paris, and Palermo.

“As a result of the current high rates of COVID infections across Europe, like all businesses, easyJet is experiencing higher than usual levels of employee sickness,” an EasyJet spokesperson said.

“Unfortunately it has been necessary to make some additional cancellations for today and tomorrow. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause,” the spokesperson further said.

According to the airline, the cancellations, which come amid increasing demand for travel as the Easter holidays begin, were a small part of its schedule on April 4, which is about 1,645 flights.

Around 15,000 passengers have been seeking alternative flights.

Some passengers have reported being left stranded abroad with no explanation or no offer of an alternative route back home, Evening Standard reported.

The spokesperson said that the airline has contacted customers and has provided them with options, such as rebooking onto an alternative flight or receiving a voucher or full refund.

EasyJet must also pay cash compensation of either £220 ($288) or £350 ($458) per person, depending on whether the travel is more or less than 1,500 kilometers, for flights cancelled due to staff shortages.

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