Easyjet cuts 727 pilot jobs and closes down three UK airport bases

Easyjet cuts 727 pilot jobs and closes down three UK airport bases

Easyjet will make 727 pilots redundant and close down three major UK airport bases. The bases at London Stansted and Newcastle will shut, as well as Southend. Johan Lundgren, easyJet CEO, 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. “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 on our people at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle, who have all worked tirelessly and have been fully committed to providing great service for our customers.” The company said it has now informed all employees who may be directly affected by the proposals, with staff placed on consultation today. Union Balpa said it is "shocked at the size of potential job losses" which equates to nearly 1-in-3 of easyJet pilots in the UK. Brian Strutton, Balpa General Secretary, said: "We know that aviation is in the midst of the COVID crisis and we had been expecting easyJet to make an announcement of temporary measures to help the airline through to recovery. "But this seems an excessive over-reaction and easyJet won’t find a supply of pilots ...
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