Belfast Telegraph

EasyJet pull out of East Midlands

Budget airline easyJet have announced cuts that will see it pull out of one airport and reduce capacity by 20% at another.

The low-cost carrier confirmed that after a 90-day consultation with staff it will close its base at East Midlands Airport and cut capacity at its home base at London Luton Airport by 20%.

On January 5, the airline will stop its operations at East Midlands Airport.

All 107 affected cabin crew and pilots who requested to transfer to other easyJet bases will be accommodated, a spokesman said.

He said passengers booked to travel after January 5 will be emailed over the next few days and offered either a free transfer to another easyJet flight, a free transfer to a bmibaby flight, or a full refund.

The spokesman said easyJet plans to move the capacity to more profitable airports, and is still committed to an overall growth plan of 7.5% per year over the medium term.

He also confirmed the carrier will reduce capacity at its base at London Luton Airport by 20%.

The spokesman said this followed airport operator Abertis' and Luton Borough Council's failure to recognise the commercial realities of the recession and address rising airport costs, which made the airport no longer competitive.

The 20% reduction will see the airline cease to operate routes to Athens, Cagliari and Vienna from Luton, as well as reduced frequencies on routes including Alicante, Dortmund, Edinburgh, Geneva, Glasgow, Nice and Paris.

East Midlands Airport managing director Penny Coates said: "We are naturally disappointed to hear that easyJet will leave the East Midlands region in 2010, but our passengers will be pleased to hear that all of the routes operated by easyJet are still available with other low cost carriers."


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