Easier for Jet Operator to Drop Winter Flights

PUBLISHED: 15:26 24 July 2008 | UPDATED: 07:03 30 May 2010

STANSTED operator EasyJet will follow Ryanair s lead and reduce flights this winter, as problems in the aviation industry continue to grow. Spiralling fuel costs are at the centre of the decision to reduce its flight capacity by 12 per cent this winter. R

STANSTED operator EasyJet will follow Ryanair's lead and reduce flights this winter, as problems in the aviation industry continue to grow.

Spiralling fuel costs are at the centre of the decision to reduce its flight capacity by 12 per cent this winter.

Ryanair recently took the decision to cut 250 flights from the same stretch of tarmac at the beginning of July.

A spokesman for Stansted owners BAA said: "We anticipated some cuts in services by EasyJet given the difficult global economic conditions and high oil price."

"The winter season is always a tough time for the aviation industry but we will continue to work closely with our airline partners as they take important business decisions to re-shape their networks to best deal with the challenging circumstances that currently face us all."

Summer sun is still enticing British holiday makers to use the airport. An estimated 160,000 passengers will go through metal detectors this weekend, on their way to all the classic European holiday destinations.

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