EasyJet to close bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle in September

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EasyJet has announced plans to shut three of its bases from September.

The airline will be closing at London Stansted, Southend and Newcastle.

Outbound flights from Stansted and Newcastle will be cut, but in-bound trips are still expected to continue.

Two way travel from Southend will end.

Around 670 jobs have been put at risk, which is the lowest number the airline has been able to reach after a consultation period.

An easyJet spokesperson said: "As a result the number of compulsory redundancies will be significantly reduced, for example through the consultation process with Unite 93% of our cabin crew who were at risk of redundancy have opted for an enhanced voluntary redundancy package."

easyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren said: “We have had to take the very difficult decision to close three UK bases as a result of the unprecedented impact of the pandemic and related travel restrictions, compounded by quarantine measures in the UK which is impacting demand for travel.

“Working closely with our employee representatives, I am pleased that we have been able to identify ways to significantly reduce the number of proposed compulsory redundancies through providing enhanced voluntary redundancy packages for all UK crew alongside additional options like part time and seasonal contracts, base transfers and unpaid leave which we expect to result in reducing the number of job losses overall.

“We would like to reassure customers due to fly from these airports that we are now contacting anyone whose flight is affected with clear advice on their options which include rerouting via alternative airports or receiving a full refund."

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