EasyJet has decided to remove its face mask mandate for passengers on certain flights – including to Gibraltar. In a statement noting that the company was “really pleased to see the start of a return to truly restriction-free flying for UK consumers”, EasyJet said it had reviewed its mask policy onboard following the removal of mandatory mask wearing in several countries.
“On flights where masks are no longer legally required at both ends of the route, we will not mandate customers and crew to wear masks onboard the flight. Any customers or crew who wish to continue wearing a mask will of course have their personal choice respected.”
In the case of Gibraltar, from 4 March the government began a phased COVID-19 exit strategy plan under which almost all lockdown restrictions were lifted. Masks are no longer required to be worn in Gibraltar, including on public transport but excluding medical and health service settings.
In its statement, EasyJet stressed, “As a pan-European airline operating between over 30 countries, we must continue to ensure that we and our customers follow the legal requirements of all the countries we fly to. This means when flying to or from countries where mask requirements remain in place, we will follow the relevant legal requirements.
“We urge European governments to have a coordinated approach on the removal of the requirement where possible, to make it easy and clear for customers. We will aim to provide clear information to customers, including while onboard, detailing the specific mask requirements on their flight.”