Easyjet will sack up to 5,000 staff and close three bases

Easyjet will sack up to 5,000 staff and close its bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle airportsBy Amie Gordon For Mailonline Published: 14:47 BST, 30 June 2020 | Updated: 15:01 BST, 30 June

Easyjet will sack up to 5,000 staff and close three bases

Easyjet will sack up to 5,000 staff and close its bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle airports

EasyJet has today revealed up to 5,000 staff will lose their jobs as it closes three of its bases across the UK.

The airline will close its hubs at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle airports. 

Some 727 of its UK-based pilots are at risk of redundancy, equivalent to about one-third of its pilots in the country. 

The British low cost airline is proposing to close bases at London's Stansted and Southend airports and at Newcastle in north east England, union BALPA said in a statement.

A spokesman for BALPA said it was 'shocked' by the scale of the job cuts.

EasyJet said in May it needed to cut 4,500 jobs to stay competitive after the coronavirus pandemic caused a travel market slump.

EasyJet has today revealed up to 5,000 staff will lose their jobs as it closes three of its bases across the UK

EasyJet has today revealed up to 5,000 staff will lose their jobs as it closes three of its bases across the UK

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