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Crisis-hit EU airlines seek 'more balanced' passenger rights
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Airlines for Europe (A4E), which represents the region's biggest carriers, said the so-called EU261 regulation had severely exacerbated the financial crisis for many airlines. "We're looking for a more balanced approach to consumer protection," Air France-KLM Chief Executive Ben Smith said, adding that the European Union's passenger rights law was "one of the most punitive" in the world. The European Commission indicated it was not ready to consider any weakening of passenger rights. "We have always tried to strike the right balance between consumer protection and the protection of the tourism and transport industry," an EU official said. "The continued and improved protection of passenger rights is crucial to ensuring the necessary consumer trust in the transport sector."
Persons: Christian, Ben Smith, Smith, Johan Lundgren Organizations: Air, Air France Airbus, Charles, REUTERS, Christian Hartmann, Airlines for, Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Ryanair, European Commission, EU, Thomson Locations: Air France, Gaulle, Roissy, Paris, France, Airlines for Europe
EasyJet CEO does not expect Indian variant to ruin summer travel
  + stars: | 2021-05-26 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +1 min
EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren takes off his protective face mask during the opening ceremony of the new Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER) "Willy Brandt" in Schoenefeld, near Berlin, Germany October 31, 2020. Tobias Schwarz/Pool via REUTERSThe boss of easyJet (EZJ.L) said that he did not expect the coming European summer travel season to be ruined by the spread of a coronavirus variant first found in India. "I don't think that the outlook of this and the likeliness and the probability is that because of the Indian variant the summer is ruined," easyJet Chief Executive Johan Lundgren told an online industry event on Wednesday. The latest indications are that vaccines are effective against the Indian variant, Lundgren said, as he warned of the impact on airlines if Britain continues to restrict travel. "I don't think that UK aviation as an industry can go through another lost summer without grave consequences," he said.
Persons: Johan Lundgren, Willy Brandt, Tobias Schwarz, easyJet, Lundgren Organizations: Brandenburg, Britain, Thomson Locations: Berlin, Schoenefeld, Germany, India
EasyJet expects to operate about 15% of pre-crisis capacity in the current April-June quarter, it said on Thursday, before returning furloughed crews for a much-anticipated summer surge. "We have the ability to flex up quickly to operate 90% of our current fleet over the peak summer period to match demand," Chief Executive Johan Lundgren said in the airline's results statement. Revenue fell 90% to 240 million pounds on a similarly sharp decline in passenger numbers to 4.1 million. Underlining the summer doubts, the airline gave no firm capacity plan for its July-September fourth quarter. The carrier said its cost-cutting programme was on track to save 500 million pounds this year.
Persons: Johan Lundgren, Eric Gaillard Read, EasyJet's, Bernstein, Daniel Roeska, EasyJet, Lundgren Organizations: Revenue, Airbus, 251N, Nice, REUTERS, Union, Thomson Locations: India, Nice, France, Portugal
Airline industry execs talk up hopes for Europe's summer
  + stars: | 2021-05-17 | by ( Hanna Ziady | Cnn Business | ) edition.cnn.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
London (CNN Business) Airline industry executives are cautiously optimistic that Europe's accelerated vaccine rollout will allow travel restrictions to be lifted and spur a strong rebound in trips to the continent this summer . Despite obstacles to travel, aviation bosses are hopeful that restrictions will ease further as Europe ramps up its vaccination drive after a slow start . That could lead to a much stronger summer for travel within Europe this year compared to 2020, when the industry was grappling with closed borders and frequent changes to travel guidance. "What's different this time is the success of the vaccination program,"CEO Johan Lundgren told CNN Business on Monday. Ryanair RYAAY In a sign that travelers are already betting on such an outcome, Europe's largest low-cost carrier,, has seen booking numbers surge.
Persons: Johan Lundgren, Stewart Wingate, Michael O'Leary, " O'Leary, — Anna Stewart, James Frater Organizations: London, CNN, Airline, CNN Business, UN World Tourism Organization, European, Airport, Ryanair Locations: Europe, Spain, Italy, Greece, European Union, France
UK airline stocks cushioned by hopes for big June travel restart
  + stars: | 2021-05-10 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - British airline stocks lost ground on Monday after the government set out a limited reopening of travel, but losses were cushioned by hopes that a bigger take-off would be on the cards for June. The top four destinations for British travellers - Spain, France, Italy and the United States - were left off the country’s travel “green list”, but confidence in the industry is growing that by June those countries will make it. “We expect the number of countries on the green list to grow next month to include many of our popular summer destinations,” easyJet Chief Executive Johan Lundgren said in a statement. Goodbody analysts said that Spain, Italy, France and the United States should make the grade by the time of the next review. Crude prices rose on Monday, which Furlong said would also be weighing on airline stocks.
Persons: Toby Melville, IAG, Johan Lundgren, ” Goodbody’s Mark Simpson, Davy, Stephen Furlong, , Furlong, Skyscanner, , Hugh Aitken Organizations: Heathrow, REUTERS, British Airways, BBC Locations: British, London, Britain, TUI, Portugal, Israel, Iceland, Spain, France, Italy, United States, United Kingdom
Airlines, British holidaymakers brace for limited travel restart
  + stars: | 2021-05-06 | by ( Sarah Young | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Britain's biggest destination countries including mainland Spain and Greece, as well as France, all risk being excluded from the initial "green list" for quarantine-free travel expected on Friday. The green list is likely to comprise smaller destinations such as Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel and Malta, while bigger markets like Portugal and the United States also have a chance. Green list travel will involve people taking two COVID-19 tests, one before arrival back into the UK and one within two days of returning. Airlines and travel companies have complained that the high cost of tests - at around 100 pounds ($140) each -- will dampen demand, but testing prices are falling as competition picks up. TUI on Thursday announced testing packages starting at 20 pounds for its UK customers travelling back from green countries.
Persons: Peter Nicholls, Johan Lundgren Organizations: Eurostar, REUTERS, Peter Nicholls Airlines, British Airways, Ryanair, EasyJet, EU, Airlines, Thomson Locations: Paris, St Pancras, Britain, France, London, Europe, Spain, Greece, TUI, England, Gibraltar, Iceland, Israel, Malta, Portugal, United States, Crete, Rhodes
Airlines look past slow recovery to post-pandemic travel
  + stars: | 2021-04-22 | by ( Laurence Frost | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Even as new setbacks cloud their path to recovery, airline bosses are focusing on the lasting impact of COVID-19 on premium travel, technology and other pillars of their business. The addition of France, Britain and 114 other states to the U.S. "Do Not Travel" list has also cast a pall. High on the list is a structural slump in business travel as many future meetings - if not airline conferences - stay online. "If you drop (fares) by 15% or 20% they will come to business," Clark said. read moreBut Clark, who has put off his retirement to pilot Emirates through the crisis, remained upbeat about the recovery opportunities awaiting his eventual successor.
Persons: Ben Smith, Smith, Tim Clark, John Strickland, Clark, Shai Weiss, Johan Lundgren, Emiliano Sorrenti Organizations: Aviation, World Aviation, Air France, KLM, Emirates, Gulf, Virgin Atlantic, Airlines, Aeroporti, Roma, Global, Thomson Locations: France, Britain, COVID, China
Hopes rise for Britain's summer getaway season
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Sarah Young | Laurence Frost | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
LONDON (Reuters) - Hopes that the great British getaway would be possible this summer grew on Wednesday, with easyJet predicting that most of Europe would be open for travel and British Airways confident on routes to the U.S., despite ongoing uncertainty. FILE PHOTO: A British Airways Embraer ERJ-170STD aircraft lands next to a EasyJet plane ready for take off at Cointrin airport in Geneva, Switzerland September 26, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File PhotoEurope’s travel industry, battered by the pandemic, is counting on British holidaymakers to lead a tourism rebound this summer. After one of the world’s fastest vaccination programmes, Britons could be permitted to travel from late May. British Airways said on Wednesday its customers could now book a cheaper 60 pound PCR test with provider Randox.
Persons: Denis Balibouse, Johan Lundgren shrugged, , Sean Doyle, CAPA, Robert Courts, “ It’s, John Holland, Kaye, Lundgren Organizations: British Airways, British Airways Embraer ERJ, REUTERS, Britons, Heathrow, ” Airlines Locations: Europe, U.S, Cointrin, Geneva, Switzerland, United States, Israel, Caribbean, Singapore
EasyJet sees Europe open for travel from late May
  + stars: | 2021-04-14 | by ( Sarah Young | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
REUTERS/Phil NobleIn Britain, easyJet’s biggest market, uncertainty remains about when travel can resume and which countries will feature on a green list of low-risk destinations. EasyJet’s chief executive Johan Lundgren said most of Europe would be open for travel this summer, shrugging off worries about a third wave of COVID-19 infections on the continent. “I would expect that almost all major European countries, that by the time it comes to travel reopening, that most countries in Europe should be in that category,” he said of Britain’s green list. EasyJet urged the government to publish its green list as soon as possible, saying that the big question its customers were asking was where they could go. The airline also repeated criticism of the UK’s plan to make PCR tests for COVID-19 a requirement for travel to green list countries, saying the high cost of tests could dampen demand.
Persons: easyJet, Phil Noble, Johan Lundgren, shrugging, , EasyJet, Lundgren Organizations: Manchester Airport, REUTERS, easyJet Locations: Manchester, Britain, Europe, Iceland, Malta, Israel, Spain, Italy, France
LONDON (Reuters) -Airlines slammed Britain’s plans for restarting international travel, saying that expensive testing requirements for trips to low-risk countries would mean that only wealthy people could take holidays abroad. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleUnder government proposals, airlines and passengers will not find out until early May whether international travel resumes from May 17, a plan which fell short of industry hopes for clarity. Airlines and travel companies are desperate for a bumper summer after a year of restrictions. The government has proposed a traffic light system, with countries falling into red, amber or green categories based on COVID-19 risks. Green countries will require a PCR test which costs about 100 pounds ($135) for travellers once they arrive back in the UK.
Persons: Toby Melville, , Johan Lundgren, Grant Shapps, “ I’m, ” Shapps, , I’ve Organizations: Airlines, Heathrow, REUTERS, Airlines UK, British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair, Virgin, Britain’s, Transport, BBC Locations: London, Britain, Virgin Atlantic
LONDON (Reuters) -British travel company Jet2 said it was cancelling holidays until late June, blaming uncertainty in UK government plans for restarting international travel, which were condemned by airlines. Airlines and travel companies are desperate for a bumper summer after a year of restrictions. The government has proposed a traffic light system, with countries falling into red, amber or green categories based on COVID-19 risks. Green countries will require a PCR test which costs about 100 pounds ($135) for travellers once they arrive back in the UK. Airlines will need to wait until early May to hear when international travel can restart, said the government.
Persons: Jet2, , Steve Heapy, ” Jet2, Toby Melville “, ” EasyJet, Johan Lundgren, Grant Shapps, “ I’m, ” Shapps, , I’ve Organizations: Airlines, . Airlines, Airlines UK, British Airways, easyJet, Ryanair, Virgin, Heathrow, REUTERS, Transport, BBC Locations: British, Virgin Atlantic, London, Britain
UK PM Johnson says want to make travel testing regime easy as possible
  + stars: | 2021-04-06 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves after a news conference on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in London, Britain April 5, 2021. Stefan Rousseau/Pool via REUTERSLONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday said he wanted a testing regime for international travel to be easy and cheap, hinting that rapid tests could be used after criticism from the airline industry that current requirements were onerous. The boss of easyJet Johan Lundgren has criticised some of the government’s plans to restart travel, questioning the role of testing. Asked about Lundgren’s comments and asked if rapid lateral tests could replace PCR tests in the requirements for travellers, Johnson said: “I do think we want to make things as easy as we possibly can ... The boss of EasyJet is right to focus on this issue, we’re going to see what we can do to make things as flexible and as affordable as possible.”“I do want to see international travel start up again.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Stefan Rousseau, easyJet Johan Lundgren, Johnson, , EasyJet, Organizations: Britain's, REUTERS LONDON, British Locations: London, Britain
EasyJet CEO criticises testing requirements in Britain's travel restart plan
  + stars: | 2021-04-06 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren gestures as he talks to media at Gatwick Airport, Britain, June 15, 2020. REUTERS/Peter Cziborra/File PhotoLONDON (Reuters) - The chief executive of British airline easyJet criticised some of the government’s plans to restart travel, saying COVID-19 tests should not be required for passengers travelling to low-risk destinations. EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren said on Tuesday that there were a lot of details missing from the previous day’s announcement. He said the government’s proposed traffic light system of ranking low risk countries as green and higher risk countries as red made sense, but travel to green countries should not require passengers to take two COVID-19 tests. He said the cost of COVID-19 tests sometimes exceeded easyJet’s ticket prices.
Persons: Johan Lundgren, Peter Cziborra, easyJet, Boris Johnson’s, , Lundgren Organizations: Gatwick Airport, REUTERS, British, BBC Radio Locations: Britain, Spain, Greece
EasyJet defers Airbus aircraft deliveries
  + stars: | 2020-12-22 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com + 0.89   time to read: +2 min
LONDON (Reuters) - British airline easyJet, whose finances have come under severe pressure during the COVID-19 pandemic, has agreed with Airbus to defer the delivery of aircraft, it said on Tuesday. FILE PHOTO: An Easyjet Airbus A319 plane is seen at Luton Airport, following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), Luton, Britain, June 4, 2020. EasyJet said that under the terms of its 2013 agreement with Airbus the future aggregate cash price of the aircraft subject to deferrals will increase. The changes will result in easyJet taking no deliveries in 2021, eight in 2022, seven in 2023 and 18 in 2024. EasyJet has also retained options to increase its deliveries in 2023 to 30 aircraft.
Persons: Paul Childs, easyJet, EasyJet, Johan Lundgren Organizations: Airbus, Luton Airport, REUTERS Locations: Luton, Britain
UK cuts its quarantine policy to five days — but there’s a catch
  + stars: | 2020-11-24 | by ( Silvia Amaro | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
However, travellers will have to pay for their own test, which could cost between £65 ($86) and £120. The U.K.'s compulsory quarantine of 14 days upon arrival has been harshly criticized by airlines and airport operators since the first lockdown was lifted back in May. Ryanair spokespersonThe U.K. government has also prohibited foreign travel, except for work purposes, during its second lockdown, which is due to end on December 2. Quarantines are a 'complete deterrent'However, he added that "the best way of opening up travel in a more significant scale is to move to pre-departure testing." The quarantine policy is applied to everyone arriving in the U.K. from a country that is not included in a "travel corridor."
Persons: Dominic Lipinski, Jonathan Pollard, CNBC's Julianna Tatelbaum, Johan Lundgren, Alexandre de Juniac Organizations: Gatwick Airport, Travellers, BBC, Ryanair, Gatwick, International Air Transport Association, CNBC, Lufthansa, International Consolidated Airlines, British Airways
LONDON — Revenue at EasyJet fell more than 50% in the year to the end of September, the company said on Tuesday, after the coronavirus pandemic brought the travel industry to a halt. EasyJet reported revenue of £3 billion for its full 2020 fiscal year, marking a drop of 52.9% from the previous year. The number of passengers also sank by 50% over the same period on the back of stay-at-home orders, quarantine policies and other Covid-related restrictions. Revenue reached £3 billion compared to £6.4 billion a year ago. In addition, Lundgren said the latest announcements surrounding a Covid-19 vaccine were "definitely good news for us."
Persons: Johan Lundgren, CNBC's, Lundgren, BioNTech Organizations: Revenue, Moderna, Pfizer Locations: EasyJet, Canary
Slideshow ( 4 images )BERLIN (Reuters) - EasyJet is considering options to bolster its finances, and is not against state support to help the airline get through the coronavirus pandemic, chief executive Johan Lundgren said on Saturday. “We have a number of options of financing. “I am not against state aid,” he said. The airline has warned it will make an annual loss of as much as 845 million pounds ($1.09 billion) for the 12 months that ended in September. To survive the impact of the pandemic, it has raised more than 900 million pounds from the sale and leaseback of aircraft, taken a 600 million pound loan from the government, cut 4,500 jobs and tapped shareholders for 419 million pounds.
Persons: Johan Lundgren, , ” Lundgren, Organizations: Reuters, BERLIN (Reuters) Locations: BERLIN, , Europe
Slideshow ( 4 images )BERLIN (Reuters) - EasyJet is considering options to bolster its finances, and is not against state support to help the airline get through the coronavirus pandemic, chief executive Johan Lundgren said on Saturday. “We have a number of options of financing. “I am not against state aid,” he said. The airline has warned it will make an annual loss of as much as 845 million pounds ($1.09 billion) for the 12 months that ended in September. To survive the impact of the pandemic, it has raised more than 900 million pounds from the sale and leaseback of aircraft, taken a 600 million pound loan from the government, cut 4,500 jobs and tapped shareholders for 419 million pounds.
Persons: Johan Lundgren, , ” Lundgren, Organizations: Reuters, BERLIN (Reuters) Locations: BERLIN, , Europe
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