EasyJet explores safe-spacing by leaving middle seats unbooked

EasyJet has announced it is considering leaving the middle seat empty on flights in order to attract passengers following the pandemic, the company said.

EasyJet says it has cash to endure nine-month grounding of planes as it waits for flights to resume, in a move aimed at encouraging passengers to fly again.

The company said it is continuing to explore all ideas around what health and safety measures will best protect customers and employees when it restarts commercial flights.

EasyJet said it expects pretax losses of up to GBP 380 million after grounding its entire fleet because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The airline, which grounded its entire fleet of jets on March 30, said it would incur significant fuel costs because it has already bought jet fuel for its planes, with no certainty of when it will resume flights again.