EasyJet is considering cutting more than 700 pilot jobs and closing three of its bases across the UK - according to union Balpa.

It comes after the airline announced last month it was reducing its workforce by up to 30 per cent.

Which bases are reportedly set to close?

The airline is said to be shutting its bases at London Stansted, London Southend and Newcastle airports.

What have Balpa said?

Balpa general secretary Brian Strutton 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.”

At the time of writing, EasyJet have yet to officially confirm the reports.

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What else are EasyJet doing?

EasyJet is to launch hundreds more international flights at airports across the UK from July 1.

The airline said it will restart the international and domestic flights from Wednesday (July 1), as it also secured a major cash injection to bolster its finances in the face of the pandemic.

Holidaymakers will be able to fly from 14 airports across the UK to a number of countries including France, Spain and Italy.

From the start of next month, it will run about 500 flights each day across Europe, including over 900 flights a week to and from the UK.

On June 15, it restarted a “small number” of flights for the first time since its aircraft were grounded in March.

EasyJet said it plans to fly around half of its 1,022 routes in July, before increasing to around 75 per cent in August.

Robert Carey, chief commercial and strategy officer, said: “We are really pleased to be relaunching even more of our flights from 1 July and starting to get customers away on their much-needed summer holidays.

“Of course, the safety and wellbeing of our customers and crew remains our highest priority.

“This is why we have implemented a number of measures enhancing safety at each part of the journey from disinfecting the aircraft to requiring customers and crew to wear masks.”