Low-cost airline easyJet announced a number of changes this week, including the proposed closure of its base at East Midlands Airport, in favour of higher-priority markets.
Currently, the airline flies to a number of destinations from the airport, including Geneva, Prague, Ibiza, Barcelona, Majorca, Alicante and Nice.
The firm asserted that as its base at the facility has remained stagnant with only three aircraft for several years, it has opened a formal 90-day consultation with its crew at the airport.
A similar consultation has been opened at Luton airport, where easyJet plans to reduce its flying programme by approximately 20 per cent.
The airline asserted that this reduction is a reaction to a 25 per cent rise in airport costs at Luton during the past three years. While easyJet has previously been in protracted negotiation with Luton borough council and Abertis, the airport’s operator, these discussions have broken down.