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Stobart Group Ltd - easyJet closure of London airport bases

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Stobart Group Limited
18 August 2020
 

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18 August 2020

STOBART GROUP LIMITED

('Stobart Group' or 'the Company')

 

easyJet closure of London airport bases

 

Stobart Group, the aviation and energy infrastructure group, has been informed that easyJet has completed its collective consultation process and confirmed the closure of its bases at London Southend and London Stansted airports, amongst others. As a result, easyJet will cease operations based from London Southend Airport on 31 August 2020 and all flights will be cancelled from 1 September 2020.

 

easyJet currently has four aircraft based at London Southend Airport serving 21 destinations and carried 1.05 million passengers during FY20. These are leisure-focused routes, which Stobart Group expects to be attractive to other airlines.

 

Stobart Aviation Services provides check-in and baggage handling services to easyJet at both London Southend and London Stansted airports. 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. London Southend Airport has also commenced a consultation process with its team in view of the challenges presented by COVID-19 and the resulting impact of blanket quarantine measures implemented by the UK Government, which now includes key markets such as France, Spain, Malta, the Netherlands and Portugal.

 

As previously stated in the AGM Statement on 30 July 2020, the Stobart Group Board carefully stress tested the Group's liquidity position under a variety of operating scenarios at the time of its successful capital raise in June 2020. As a result, the Board remains confident in the Group's balance sheet, liquidity position and the medium-term opportunity for its key strategic London airport asset.

 

Warwick Brady, Chief Executive, Stobart Group said,

"We are disappointed that easyJet has taken the decision to close its airport bases serving the North and East of London. However, we expect that this decision will create significant opportunity for other airlines looking to take on established, popular and profitable routes.

 

"London Southend Airport has a catchment area in excess of 8 million people, regular direct trains from London Liverpool Street in 51 minutes and can offer a cost-efficient base of operation for airlines with an increasingly enhanced passenger experience for post-COVID-19 travel. Though the 2020 Summer and Winter periods will continue to be challenging, we expect passenger demand for short haul leisure flying to increase through 2021, and we are in active dialogue with airlines regarding their interest in capitalising on these well-established, profitable routes."

 

Enquiries:

 

 

 

Stobart Group Limited 

C/o Newgate Communications

Charlie Geller, Group Communications Director

 

 

 

Newgate Communications

+44 203 757 3406

 

+44 203 757 6884

Giles Croot 

[email protected]

Ian Silvera

 

Isabelle Smurfit

 

 


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