EasyJet’s first flight to Ibiza since the UK’s coronavirus lockdown was lifted touched down on Thursday (9 July) as newly-relaunched operator easyJet Holidays prepares to resume operations next month.
The flight gave members of the easyJet team to bring their friends and family along as trial customers to experience first-hand how holidays will operate in the era of coronavirus, ahead of the operator’s formal restart on 1 August.
EasyJet has said Ibiza will be a mainstay of easyJet Holidays’ proposition, alongside various other destinations in the Balearics and across mainland Spain.
It has produced videos tackling the new-look passenger journey, as well as the additional safety precautions being introduced on flights.
These include additional cleaning and disinfection procedures, as well as a daily disinfection process using a 24-hour anti-viral surface treatment; mandatory wearing of masks by both passengers and crew; social distancing where possible; and limited crew contact.
Pre-flight, customers will be encouraged to check in online and download smartphone boarding passes or print their own in advance, use automated bag drop points, and self-scan documents. Ground crew will wear masks and gloves at all times.
Dean Thomas, easyJet Holidays head of customer experience, said: “This is a really important moment for us – it’s great to be able to set foot in Ibiza and see how holidays are going to operate, and how well prepared the destinations and hotels are for our customers’ imminent arrivals.
"We’re trialling the full holiday experience including the flight, transfer and accommodation, which is the final step of our extensive preparations to ensure our customers can enjoy their summer holidays safely and responsibly."