U.K.-based budget airline
said on Tuesday it is considering shutting three of its airport hubs because of the steep drop in travel demand caused by coronavirus.
The carrier said in a statement it could close bases at London Stansted, London Southend and Newcastle airports as part of wider cost cutting measures announced in May because of coronavirus.
It said the airports would remain part of its route network meaning flights would still land there but it would not retain offices and staff.
EasyJet and airlines around the world have been hit hard by coronavirus cutting jobs and forecasting a slow recovery. Many countries have closed their borders and banned nonessential travel, with European Union citizens still barred from traveling to the U.S..
EasyJet said it expects it will take until 2023 for demand to return to 2019 levels, a similar expectation to Ryanair
, Europe’s largest low-cost airline. Figures from the U.K.’s Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) show passenger numbers for over 60 U.K. airports were down -98% in May from a year earlier.
“Unfortunately the lower demand environment means we need fewer aircraft and have less opportunity for work for our people,” said easyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren.
EasyJet previously said it could cut almost a third of its staff in response to…