EasyJet yesterday announced a proposal to close its Nottingham East Midlands base and reduce flying at London Luton by 20% as it shifts capacity "to more profitable airports" in continental Europe. The LCC said the decision to reduce its presence at where it bases 16 aircraft and employs 530 pilots and cabin staff was "a function of the airports' failure to recognize the commercial realities of the recession" and the carrier's interest in shifting capacity "as weaker competitors retrench in ...

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