Easyjet to pay staff 80% of wages after suspending all flights

British airline Easyjet will pay all of its employees, who are unable to work from home, 80% of their average pay through the Government’s job retention scheme.

The pay scheme which will come into effect from 1 April 2020 was collaboratively agreed upon by the airline and Unite the union which represents its employees, after easyJet made the decision to ground its entire fleet of aircraft with immediate effect.

The agreement between the two parties means that for a period of two months, employees who are unable to work from home will be paid 80% of their monthly salary.

The airline cancelled 90% of its flights on 24 March 2020 due to the travel restrictions enforced by the Government’s response to the Covid-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, with the final rescue flights landing on 29 March 2020.

Cabin employees will be unable to return to work until flights are resumed.

Johan Lundgren, Chief executive at Easyjet said: “I am extremely proud of the way in which people across easyJet have given their absolute best at such a challenging time, including so many crew who have volunteered to operate rescue flights to bring our customers home. We are working tirelessly to ensure that easyJet continues to be well positioned to overcome the challenges of coronavirus.”