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easyJet celebrates launch of first flight on new route from Birmingham to Amsterdam

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New flights from Birmingham Airport to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol took off today for the first time.

easyJet has launched its first flight from Birmingham Airport to Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, providing customers in the Midlands with more options to reunite with friends and family or take a long-awaited break this summer.

Flights to Amsterdam from Birmingham took off for the first time today are now operating up to four times a week on Monday, Thursdays, Friday, and Sundays. The new route is expected to be extremely popular amongst those looking to enjoy a break in one of Europe’s most popular cities from Birmingham.

With its picturesque canal network, rich history and thrumming cultural scene, the capital of the Netherlands is one of Europe's most vibrant cities. Offering everything from tranquil boat rides through gorgeous, tree-shaded canals to world-class art museums such as the Van Gogh Museum, home to the largest collection of works by Vincent Van Gogh in the world, Amsterdam is the perfect city break destination.

Ali Gayward, easyJet’s UK Country Manager, said: “We are really pleased with the launch of the inaugural flight on our new route to Amsterdam from Birmingham which allows us to offer our customers an even wider range of exciting destinations to visit or be reunited with friends and family. The launch of this new route strengthens our network and underpins our ambition of always providing a great service and low fares."

Nick Barton, Birmingham Airport’s Chief Executive, said: “The launch of today’s new Amsterdam service by easyJet will give frequent and affordable services five times weekly with a loyal and reliable brand. We are incredibly pleased to see the carrier growing services from Birmingham Airport as the industry recovers from the pandemic, offering Midlander’s several routes to popular business and leisure destinations.”

All easyJet customers will now be able to change their flights this summer without a change fee at any time up to two hours before departure, providing even more last-minute flexibility. Unlike other airlines, there are no restrictions on dates or destination; customers can transfer to any flights currently on sale up to the end of September 2022, and to any other destination on the airline’s network which spans 35 countries across Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. This means that if some travel restrictions are impacting their destination country, such as self-isolation in destination or on return to the UK, customers can easily change their trip to another country on easyJet’s network. Plus, should a mandatory hotel quarantine impact a customer’s travel destination this summer, customers can now request a refund for their flight within four weeks before departure if the restriction is still in place, even if their flights are still operating.

easyJet has partnered with approved testing firms across Europe so that customers can get access to convenient and affordable testing, including PCR tests from £43 if required for their trip when they book flights and holidays at easyJet.com. The airline has also launched a new travel insurance policy which includes COVID-19 cover as standard. The new COVID-19 travel insurance will cover customers who are diagnosed with COVID-19 ahead of a trip, providing the necessary rearrangements or refunds, as well as cover to customers for any required medical care if diagnosed with COVID-19 during their trip. Customers who are unable to return home due to being diagnosed with the virus are also covered for additional accommodation, necessary medical assistance, and the cost of returning home safely.

The safety and wellbeing of all customers and crew remains easyJet’s highest priority and the airline continues to have a number of biological safety measures in place onboard in line with guidance from the relevant authorities. This includes daily enhanced cabin disinfection effective in protecting against coronavirus for at least 24 hours and mandatory mask wearing for customers and crew. All easyJet aircraft are already fitted with HEPA filters, similar to those used in hospitals, which filter 99.97% of airborne contaminants in the cabin, including viruses and bacteria.

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