Stobart culls 130 Essex airport jobs after Easyjet confirms plans to shut down bases at Stansted and Southend
Airport operator Stobart Group is to cut more than 130 jobs after Easyjet confirmed plans to shut down its bases at Stansted and Southend.
The London-listed firm, which owns Southend airport and provides check-in and baggage handling staff for Easyjet, said it had begun talks with staff.
Around 30 jobs are understood to be at risk at Southend, while the firm is also set to cut more than 100 staff in its aviation services arm which works with 16 airlines across five airports.
Stobart Group is to cut more than 130 jobs at Stansted and Southend after Easyjet confirmed plans to shut down its bases at Stansted and Southend
Addressing Easyjet’s withdrawal from Stansted and Southend, Stobart said: ‘As a result of the decision to close these airport bases, Stobart Aviation Services will enter a consultation process with the teams affected by this as part of a wider cost management programme within the aviation division.’
Southend airport has also started to consult with its staff after being hit hard by the Covid-19 virus, Stobart said.
The development comes a day after Easyjet said it would close its bases at the two sites, and Newcastle Airport.
Easyjet said that around 670 staff work at the three airports.
According to Southend airport’s annual report, Stobart Aviation Services employed around 120 staff at the site in February last year.