EasyJet has urged the UK government to reopen international travel as a matter of urgency after it started to move summer capacity out of the UK to its European network where there is "positive booking momentum".
The airline has confirmed over the past week, it added an extra 150,000 seats to its intra-European network. This includes relocating UK-Palma capacity to Berlin-Palma, among other changes.
Following Monday’s announcement (14 June) that the UK’s domestic unlock has been pushed back to 19 July, with no further information on the resumption of international leisure travel, easyJet said it had been forced to "evaluate" its schedule.
"We are currently not able to fly as much as we had hoped from the UK and this means some flights will be cancelled," a spokesperson for the carrier told TTG.
They continued: "With 50% of EasyJet’s flying intra-Europe, we are seeing European governments progressively opening up using frameworks in place which enable travel and much of it restriction free.
"This relaxation and removal of restrictions has sparked a positive booking momentum across Europe with the majority of our bookings showing a strong swing towards Europe when in normal times it would be a 50/50 split with the UK.
"Europe is demonstrating that a safe reopening of travel is possible and so we continue to urge the UK government to do so urgently so our customers can reunite with loved ones or travel for a much-needed break."
All impacted customers are being notified directly and informed of their options, which include a refund, a voucher, or a free transfer to an alternative flight.