The corona crisis is also demanding everything from Easyjet. While the summer months were still optimistic, the airline is now reducing the flight schedule again. Easyjet European boss Thomas Haagensen gives small insights into the current difficult situation.
After a forced Corona break of almost three months, the airline's planes are back in the air. But it's not the same for a long time as it used to be. “There is a will to travel again. Our customers are already booking for next summer. But in the short term the demand - especially for countries that are on the quarantine list - is not very high, ”said Haagensen, who is still worried about the upcoming travel months.
Because of the entry regulations, even city trips are likely to fall through this year: “We have to be very conservative. We simply cannot afford to have flights where we lose even more money, ”Haagensen continued. But job cuts are not ruled out either, depending on how long the crisis lasts, says the Easyjet boss: “We have to adapt the fleets and of course the crews too.” He doesn't know how many employees it will ultimately affect .
But it might not have had to turn out that way. Because the consequences of the pandemic were recognized in the early stages of the corona crisis and a state investigation was requested. But without any success: Easyjet Switzerland came away empty-handed. The Easyjet Group's subsidiary was also denied a Covid 19 loan. As a reason, the institutes have cited the financial cushion of the British parent company, such as srf.ch reported. This should be enough to be able to supply Easyjet Switzerland. Haagensen is annoyed by this unequal treatment: He fears that competition will be distorted.