easyJet closes East Midland operations, budget travel squeezed further

8 December 2009

Bitterwallet - easyjeteasyJet may have enjoyed a healthy November with passenger bookings up over 12 per cent, but the news isn't all rosy. The budget airline has announced cuts that will shut down all operations at East Midlands Airport and reduce flights at London Luton Airport by a fifth. Thought you were a smart alec booking up your summer holidays before Christmas? Sorry about that.

Flights from East Midlands Airport will end on 5th January - passengers booked to travel after that date will be emailed in the next week and offered either a free transfer to another easyJet flight, a free transfer to a bmibaby flight, or a full refund. The 20 per cent reduction at Luton will mean an end to flights to Athens, Cagliari and Vienna, as well as reduced frequencies on several other routes.

A spokesperson said easyJet plans to move the capacity to more profitable airports, but soon even that option may be lost to the budget airlines - an independent climate committee set up by the Government is due to announce that budget air travel is unsustainable if the UK is to meet targets in reducing carbon dioxide emissions. The plans allow for a third runway at Heathrow and second runways at Stansted and Edinburgh, but put a halt to regional airports expanding any further, including Gatwick, Luton, Birmingham, Glasgow, Newcastle and Bristol. Bah. The plans also call for huge carbon taxes to be heaped on passengers. Meh.

Interestingly, when asked for a statement, easyJet pointed out that by favouring the expansion of larger airports at the cost of regional bases, it meant a potential increase in the number of flight transfers, as passengers would have to travel to a larger hub before taking a second flight to their intended destination - hardly a foolproof method of reducing carbon emissions. There is another voice of reason, too - Sustainable Aviation, a group which is involved in representing the interests of both short and long-haul carriers - stated that "limiting emissions through technological improvements was the answer, not cutting people's right to travel". The reports seems to have considered such matters, yet still reccommends denying us our long weekends in Murcia. Damn their eyes.

TOPICS:   Travel


  • Jamie
    I had my return trip back from Athens on the 27th Nov cancelled due to the Luton operations being wound down, which was a bit of a bugger. Ended up moving all flights to Gatwick which is such a pain in the arse to get to compared to Luton.
  • Begbie
    Its high time that this "carbon crap" was knocked on the head - its the proles that are going to suffer big-time. Why do the "greenies" never mention the abomination that is private air travel? I wonder?
  • Jonsend
    ^ Could send this to spEak You're bRanes
  • Nobby
    This is nothing to do with climate change. They are shifting their fleet to airports where they make more money. Customers can F off. They haven't paid enough to make that route profitable, so it's their fault, not Easyjet's.
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  • Daniel
    Plus the fact that Harrison is going to quit. All the low cost airlines are getting worst! Ryanair is going to miss its deal with Boeing, Harrison; EasyJet's chef is going to quit! This is the revolution!
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  • Roda V.
    Bad news that Ryanair will not be servicing Murcia airport except for two UK airport destinations. It is going to affect everyone using San Javier.

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