Unite the union has said that it is bitterly disappointed that Stobart Air has announced the closure of its base at Southend airport.

Aer Lingus service

The company provided pilots and cabin crew for Aer Lingus’ regional services operating from the airport. The announcement will result in 66 workers being made redundant.

Bitter blow

Unite regional officer Jo Jaques said: “This announcement is a bitter blow to the workforce who now face a highly uncertain future.

“Stobart Air’s decision is also a severe blow for the airport more widely.

“This is yet another example of why it is essential that the government brings forward specific support for the aviation industry in order to prevent further job losses and secure the future of regional airports such as Southend.

“Unite will be ensuring that all our members who are affected by this announcement are properly treated and receive everything they are entitled to.”

Previously furloughed

In April Unite succeeded in persuading Stobart Air to place the workforce on furlough rather placing them on unpaid leave.

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