Travel updates: EasyJet expands schedule following stronger than expected bookings

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EasyJet has announced it will be returning more of its fleet to service than previously planned this summer thanks to stronger bookings than anticipated.

Even in the face of ongoing travel restrictions, the budget carrier said late-season sales were “performing well” and that it will fly 40 per cent of its capacity for the rest of the summer, as opposed to its earlier target of 30 per cent.

The airline’s key competitors are also posting promising figures. Ryanair, currently flying at about 40 per cent of standard capacity, says it plans to increase this to 60 per cent in August. In July, it flew with a 72 per cent load factor. 

Wizz Air, the first European airline to recommence flying back in May, is at 70 per cent, and aims to be at 80 per cent of pre-pandemic passenger numbers by the end of the year.

BA, meanwhile has retired its only-daily, all-business-class route between London City and New York after nearly 20 years of service. The offering, which flew 32 seats aboard an Airbus A318 aircraft, operated under the iconic BA001 and BA002 flight numbers that were previously used by Concorde.

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Australian state introduces tough new penalty 

Australia’s second-most populous state Victoria said on Tuesday anyone who has contracted Covid-19 and caught outside their home in breach of isolation orders will face fines of nearly A$5,000 (£2,722).

Victoria state earlier this week imposed a nightly curfew, tightened restrictions on people’s movement and ordered large parts of the local economy to close.

But state Premier Daniel Andrews said nearly a third of those who had contracted Covid-19 were not home when checked on by officials, requiring tough new penalties to stop community transmission. 


Yesterday’s top stories

What we learnt:

  • Virus-free Italy pleads for return of British tourists
  • Dubai Airport introduces ‘coronavirus-sniffing dogs’
  • British Airways to resume flights to 17 destinations in August 
  • Uber Boat launches in London
  • Tourism numbers in Portugal fall by 96%

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