The U.K. based budget airline, EasyJet, has announced they will close their bases at London Stansted, Southend, and Newcastle Airports, which were three of their largest bases. This don't mean, however, the airline will cut service to these airports. In fact, they said they will continue service to these airports.
Additionally, BALPA, or the British Airline Pilots' Association, which is the professional association and registered trade union established to represent the interests of all UK pilots, said they had been by told by EasyJet that around 730 of their U.K. based pilots were at risk of redundancy, which around 30% of its staff. All of this is a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
EasyJet predicts it will take until, at the earliest, 2023, for service to return to normal. EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren said,
"Unfortunately the lower demand environment means we need fewer aircraft and have less opportunity for work for our people."
Brian Strutton of BALPA general security said "EasyJet paid £174m out to shareholders, got agreements to furlough staff to protect cash, got £600m from the Government, has boasted of having £2.4bn in liquidity, and ticket sales are going through the roof so fast they cannot get pilots back off furlough quickly enough – so why the panic?"
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