Packed Flight Causes Aer Lingus to Review Social Distancing

A packed Aer Lingus flight departed Belfast, Ireland bound for London Heathrow, United Kingdom yesterday, sparking the airline to say it was now reviewing its social distancing procedures.


While Coronavirus has swept across Europe, flights have all come to a standstill with a handful of essential flights daily. Yesterday’s Belfast to London Heathrow flight was extremely busy and did not adhere to social distancing measures.


Airlines across the world have been looking at ways to implement social distancing measures on flights, while some airlines have announced they will keep the middle seat free or take other measures to follow social distancing, while others have indicated a face mask is all that’s needed.


Hungary’s Wizz Air restarted essential flights from London last week and as part of its flying programme, passengers must wear face masks while at the airport and onboard the aircraft.


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“Aer Lingus is reviewing its processes and procedures applicable to the operation of this service,” an Aer Lingus spokeswoman said, adding that safety was its top priority.


Owner of Aer LingusInternational Airlines Group (IAG) said, it would consider how it operates after its Belfast to London Heathrow flight on Monday had “unexpectedly high loads” and that due to the level of the demand for the route, it could need to make changes.


Flights between Belfast and London Heathrow, are typically operated using Airbus A320 series aircraft, if demand remains Aer Lingus may deploy a larger aircraft to allow social distancing measures to be adhered to.


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