easyJet closing East Midlands base

easyJet has decided to close its base at East Midlands airport but flights until the end of the year will not be affected.

The low-cost airline has taken this action because its East Midlands airport operation “has remained stagnant for many years”.

People who have booked flights for 2010 with the airline will be informed in advance of any changes or how their travel will be affected.

The airline currently operates three aircraft at East Midlands and carries around 70,000 passengers a year.

easyJet has also announced that it will be cutting 20 per cent of flights from Luton Airport, which it blames on the airport’s failure to “recognise the commercial realities of the recession”.

The airline has refused to pay higher landing charges proposed by the airport.

easyJet currently operates 16 aircraft at Luton airport and carries 4.7 million passengers a year. It also announced that it carried 4.8 million passengers in August, a 4.7 per cent increase on the same month last year.