British low-cost airline group EasyJet is reportedly planning to cancel hundreds of flights from London Gatwick Airport amid the second lockdown announcement.

Last month,  EasyJet urged the UK Government to provide support measures for airlines as it expects to report a full-year loss for the first time in its history following the Covid-19 pandemic.

In April, the company secured a £600m loan from the Bank of England’s emergency coronavirus fund.

EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren was quoted by itv.com as saying: ‘’EasyJet will be reviewing its flying programme over the lockdown period.

“It is likely that much of the UK touching schedule will be cancelled during lockdown with our planned flying set to resume in early December.

“We will advise customers who are booked to travel over the next month of their options with a view to assisting customers to return to the country in the coming days.

‘’The government has recognised the need to directly support the hospitality sector, where decisions have directly affected its ability to trade.

“The same principle needs to be applied to aviation. The government’s own statistics show that activity in aviation is already 90% down on pre-pandemic levels, yet to date, the government has still failed to provide any sector specific support.’’

In May, the carrier planned to reduce staff numbers by up to 30% as part of its plan to decrease the airline and eliminate costs and non-critical expenditure at all levels.