BREAKING: EasyJet confirms closure of Newcastle and Southend airport bases

EasyJet has confirmed plans to close its base at London Stansted Airport from September 1, despite protests to stop the move in recent weeks.

A further 670 jobs have been put at risk as airline confirmed they are shutting their Newcastle and Southend bases. In-bound flights from Stansted and Newcastle will continue, but all flights departing and arriving in Southend will stop.

Chief executive Johan Lundgren admitted travel restrictions had played an impact on their ‘difficult decision’ to close three bases. He advised customers will be contacted in the next few days to discuss their options.

With regard to easyJet staff, he said: ‘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.’

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