Easyjet announces 1900 jobs at risk in Covid-19 cut back – including 700 pilots

Easyjet announces 1900 jobs at risk in Covid-19 cut back – including 700 pilots

Easyjet is preparing to permanently close three major UK airport babies, including Stansted, Southend and Newcastle, as well as axe up to 1,900 UK jobs as part of a huge restructuring following the coronavirus pandemic. The budget airline announced it will be axing up to 727 pilots, and up to 1,900 jobs in total, a month after it warned it may need to reduce staff numbers by up to 30%. It comes despite the firm being handed a £600million loan from the UK Government under the Covid Corporate Financing Facility. Formal consultations with staff are expected to start on Tuesday-Wednesday and all affected employees have now been informed. 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. "We are focused on doing what is right for the company and its long term health and success so we can protect jobs going forward." At the moment, around 80% of easyJet's UK pilots remain furloughed under the coronavirus job retention scheme. Mr Lundgren said the current economic environment means the airline "need fewer aircraft and have less opportunity for work for our people." He said: "Unfortunately the lower demand environment means we need fewer aircraft and have less opportunity for work for our people - we are committed to working constructively with our employee representatives across the network with the aim of minimising job losses as far as possible. "These proposals are no reflection ...
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