EasyJet to restart flights from Luton and Stansted from July 1

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EasyJet has confirmed it will resume flights at Luton Airport and Stansted Airport from July 1.

The majority of the budget airline's fleet has been grounded since March because of the coronavirus pandemic, but flights will now re-start from next month.

Passengers will be able to travel to a host of European destinations, including cities like Paris, Barcelona and Milan as as well as beach destinations in Greece, Croatia and Portugal.

From the start of next month, the Luton-based airline will run around 500 flights each day across Europe.

The airline plans to reopen half of its 1,022 routes by the end of next month, increasing to 75% during August.

The news comes after the airline raised £419 million from investors to help it withstand the continuing impact of coronavirus.

As things stand, holidaymakers are still being warned by the Foreign Office not to travel abroad, but according to reports in the national press, those restrictions could soon be lifted to allow flights to a small number of European destinations where the virus is under control.

The airline's fleet has been grounded since March. Credit: PA

"We are really pleased to be relaunching even more of our flights from 1 July and starting to get customers away on their much-needed summer holidays," Robert Carey, chief commercial and strategy officer, said.

"Of course, the safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority.

"This is why we have implemented a number of measures enhancing safety at each part of the journey from disinfecting the aircraft to requiring customers and crew to wear masks."