EasyJet is to close its hubs at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle as part of a huge restructuring following the global coronavirus pandemic.
At the same time EasyJet has moved to slash up to 5,000 jobs at the company – a move that was first flagged in May.
An EasyJet spokeswoman told The Sun: “As part of our update to the market on 28 May 2020 easyJet set out that it may need to reduce staff numbers by up to 30% as well as optimise its network and bases as a result of the pandemic.
“EasyJet has today started formal consultation on proposals with employee representatives including Balpa and Unite on all of its UK based pilots and crew.
“The proposals include the potential closing of three of its bases in the UK – London Stansted, London Southend and Newcastle. These airports would remain part of easyJet’s route network.
‘We have also informed all employees who may be directly affected by these proposals and will be providing full support to our people during this difficult time.
“We are fully committed to work closely with our employee representatives during these consultations with the aim of minimising job losses as far as possible.”
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