EasyJet says quarantine measures hitting demand

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EasyJet says it is expecting to fly fewer passengers because consumer confidence has been hit by UK coronavirus quarantine measures.

The airline expanded its schedule to 40% of its normal capacity last month, but now says it expects that to fall.

“Customer confidence to make travel plans has been negatively affected” by “constantly evolving government restrictions”, it said.

“We know our customers are as frustrated as we are,” it added.

“Following the imposition of additional quarantine restrictions to seven Greek islands and the continued uncertainty this brings for customers, demand is now likely to be further impacted and therefore lower than previously anticipated,” said EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren.

“We now expect to fly slightly less than 40% of our planned schedule over the current quarter.”

The airline said this would be achieved by “continued schedule thinning as we continue to focus on profitable flying”.

It added that in view of “the continued level of uncertainty”, it would not be maintaining any forward-looking financial guidance for this financial year or the next.