European low-cost carrier easyJet has confirmed it will shut three of its UK bases as it continues to battle with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The airline announced the closure of its London/Stansted, Southend, and Newcastle stations – where it has 670 pilots and cabin crew – as it attempts to cut costs.
EasyJet says it has reached agreement with Unite on voluntary redundancy terms and selection criteria for impacted cabin crew and that it “remains committed” to working with BALPA on the next phase of discussions which include voluntary redundancy for pilots.
Johan Lundgren, easyJet CEO, commented: “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.
“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,” he added.
The airline will cease based operations from Southend, Newcastle and Stansted, from August 31. Stansted and Newcastle are expected to remain part of easyJet’s route network, and some domestic and international flights will continue to operate, served by inbound flying from other easyJet bases.
However, the carrier has not confirmed whether Southend will continue to be served – its omission from the company’s statement likely means it will not be included.