easyJet will cut all international flights from Newcastle Airport when the North East base closes


easyJet will cut all international flights from Newcastle airport after confirming the closure of its North East base.The low-cost airline is also shutting down operations at London Stansted and Southend from September 1, putting 670 positions at risk of redundancy.

easyJet has been flying from Newcastle Airport since 2003 and has two employees and 157 crew members departing from the airport.

But the low-cost airline has decided to cut all of its international flights from the region, including to popular holiday destinations such as Malaga and Alicante, as part of its restructuring.

This will come into force from September with the sole exception of seeing services to and from Nice continue until the end of October.

easyJet has revealed that Belfast and Bristol will be the only destinations its customers can fly to from Newcastle.

Johan Lundgren, managing director of easyJet, said: “We had to make the very difficult decision to close three UK bases due to the unprecedented impact of the pandemic and the associated travel restrictions, made worse by quarantine measures in the UK that impact demand. for traveling.

“We would like to reassure customers who need to fly from these airports that we are now contacting anyone whose flight is affected with clear advice on their options, including re-routing through alternative airports or obtaining a full refund. ”

The move means the closest easyJet base for customers from the northeast will be in Manchester or Liverpool.

Pilots, cabin crew and family joined Unite representatives in the easyJet protest outside Newcastle Airport

easyJet laid the groundwork on a closure notice in June and began a 45-day consultation period with staff members as it plans to cut 1,290 jobs – the equivalent of 30% of its workforce British work.

Protesters, including easyJet staff, have staged three protests outside the airport in recent weeks, urging the airline to reconsider its decision, which is expected to see more than 150 workers in the Northeast lose their jobs .

That consultation is now complete and the company said it had succeeded in reducing the number of mandatory layoffs. It is understood that the airline discussed the plans with the unions on Monday.

Newcastle Airport

A spokeswoman for Newcastle International Airport said: “To date easyJet has concluded its staff consultation and has taken the decision to close three UK bases, including Newcastle International Airport. Our hearts go out to all of the easyJet staff who have been affected.

“The North East has a long-standing relationship with easyJet and while this basic closure will impact flights to all of their international destinations, the airline will maintain year-round services to Belfast, Bristol and Nice for this summer only.

“More than 80% of the international destinations concerned are already served by our existing airline partners and we will continue discussions regarding their interest in the other destinations concerned.

“For any passenger affected by a flight cancellation who wishes to rebook with another airline from Newcastle, parking reservations can be changed free of charge. ”

Base closures come at a time of unprecedented difficulty for the travel and aviation industries due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Newcastle Airport itself announced the loss of 34 permanent jobs as 76 seasonal positions were cut. Swissport baggage handlers are also seeking to cut 300 jobs at the airport.


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