EasyJet plans to close 3 UK bases
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European low-cost giant EasyJet has announced plans to close three of its U.K. bases amid a company-wide restructuring and downsizing due to the coronavirus pandemic. The EasyJet hubs set for closure are London Stansted (STN) and London Southend (SEN) in the south and Newcastle (NCL) in the north.
Along with closing three of its bases in the U.K., EasyJet has also said that the airline may need to reduce its staff numbers in order to accommodate for weakened demand in the aftermath of the coronavirus. Nearly 2,000 EasyJet cabin crew and pilots could see their positions cut, according to The Guardian.
“Unfortunately the lower demand environment means we need fewer aircraft and have less opportunity for work for our people”, EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren said. “These are very difficult proposals to put forward in what is an unprecedented and difficult time for the airline and the industry as a whole”.
More than 700 pilots — almost one-third of EasyJet’s U.K.-based pilots — face their jobs being let go.
Despite closing its bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle and removing aircraft and staff, the airports will remain in the airline’s route network and some flights will continue to operate.
EasyJet didn’t respond to TPG on which routes it would continue to operate after closing the three bases.
The low-cost airline isn’t the only one that has been forced with the decision to rethink its staff. BA announced earlier this year that it was set to make up to 12,000 jobs redundant, while Virgin Atlantic and Ryanair both said that they were expecting to cut up to 3,000 jobs.
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