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The Gatwick flights cancelled today to Italy from BA and easyJet

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As Italy goes into lockdown airlines are beginning to cancel flights from Gatwick.

Currently easyJet and British Airways who operate several flights from Gatwick to Italian airports have so far cancelled some flights for today (10th March).

British Airways have said:

This is a fast moving situation, and we recommend all customers check for the latest on their flight on ba.com.

While easyJet have commented:

“Following the latest decree issued 9 March by the Italian authorities implementing further restrictions for the whole of Italy, easyJet is currently reviewing its scheduled programme between 10 March and 3 April 2020.

“The majority of flights to and from Milan Malpensa, Milan Linate, Venice and Verona have been cancelled for the coming days and affected customers are being advised of their options by email and SMS which include rebooking and refunding.”

The cancelled flights are:

14:20 BA2612 flying to Naples

14:20 BA2588 flying to Venice

15:00 EJU8195 flying to Milan-Malpensa

15:40 BA2576 flying to Turin

16:40 EZY8069 flying to Venice

19:40 EZY8199 flying to Milan-Malpensa

20:30 EJU8071 flying to Venice

A message on easyJets website in relation to the above cancelled flights says:

“We’re very sorry that your flight has been cancelled. This is due to recently introduced health and travel restrictions in Italy designed to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 which has severely affected easyJet’s flying programme. The disruption to your flight is beyond our control and is considered an extraordinary circumstance. “

The latest figures for UK cases were published this afternoon stating:

“As of 9am on 10 March 2020, 26,261 people have been tested in the UK, of which 25,888 were confirmed negative and 373 were confirmed as positive. Six patients who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.”

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727 easyJet pilots jobs at risk of redundancy as airline proposes closing bases at three UK airports

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BALPA, the trade union representing its UK-based pilots, says that easyJet has today informed them that 727 of their pilots are at risk of redundancy.

In addition, the airline is also proposing to completely close its bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle airports.

The potential job loss would see almost 1-in3 easyJet pilots lose their jobs in the UK.

 In November 2019 easyJet acquired Thomas Cook’s slots at Gatwick Airport (12 summer slot pairs and 8 winter slot pairs) and Bristol Airport (6 summer slot pairs and one winter slot pair) for £36 million.

Brian Strutton, BALPA General Secretary, said:

“We know that aviation is in the midst of the COVID crisis and we had been expecting easyJet to make an announcement of temporary measures to help the airline through to recovery.

“But this seems an excessive over-reaction and easyJet won’t find a supply of pilots waiting to come back when the recovery takes place over the next two years. easyJet paid £174m out to shareholders, got agreements to furlough staff to protect cash, got £600m from the Government, has boasted of having £2.4bn in liquidity, and ticket sales are going through the roof so fast they cannot get pilots back off furlough quickly enough – so why the panic? It doesn’t add up. We are meeting easyJet today and we will be fighting to save every single job.

“This is more evidence that aviation in the U.K. is caught in a death spiral of despair and individual airlines are flailing around without direction. BALPA repeats its call for Government to step in, provide a strategy and back a moratorium on job losses while all stakeholders sort out an holistic way forward for the whole aviation sector.”

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