Easyjet and Ryanair to keep face masks on all flights after Freedom Day

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Easyjet and Ryanair to keep face masks on all flights after rule ends (PA Wire)
Easyjet and Ryanair to keep face masks on all flights after rule ends (PA Wire)

Easyjet and Ryanair will order travellers to keep their masks on for flights.

It comes as doctors and scientists have clashed with Boris Johnson over his move to bin compulsary mask-wearing in shops and on public transport.

Easyjet bosses revealed the airline has no plans to drop the requirement of wearing a face mask, regardless of Freedom Day July 19 approaching when coronavirus rules will be scrapped.

The airline said in a statement: “At present there are no changes to easyJet’s onboard mask policy and we will continue to keep this under review.“

Hours before the announcement, Easyjet bosses revealed the airline has no plans to drop the requirement of wearing a face mask (PA Wire)
Hours before the announcement, Easyjet bosses revealed the airline has no plans to drop the requirement of wearing a face mask (PA Wire)

“We continue to be guided by our inhouse medical adviser and a number of key industry governing bodies that airlines follow including the WHO (World Health Organisation), Icao (International Civil Aviation Organisation), Easa (European Union Aviation Safety Agency), the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and public health authorities across Europe, and at present their guidance around the wearing of masks onboard remains unchanged.”

Ryanair took the same stance on the topic of masks as they have said the coverings will remain mandatory for passengers.

“In order to protect the health of our passengers and crew, the use of face masks will still be mandatory across all Ryanair flights, regardless of the departing/destination country,” a spokeswoman for Europe’s biggest budget airline told the BBC.

Hopeful Brits have already been jet-setting as restrictions continue to lift on travel.

Holidaymakers have been keeping a close eye on the travel traffic list system where countries are marked as red, amber and green.

Also, Heathrow Airport has announced it will reopen Terminal 3 on July 15.

Chief executive John Holland-Kaye said: “With passenger demand expected to increase when ministers permit fully vaccinated passengers to travel more freely, Heathrow is getting ready to welcome you back.

“We have recommenced two runway operations, and will reopen Terminal 3 from July 15 when all services form Virgin Atlantic and Delta will resume in T3.

“We’ve invested in the latest technology and enhanced cleaning regimes to ensure you can fly safely from Heathrow this summer.”

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