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EasyJet's CEO cuts pay to match female predecessor

easyJet's CEO has cut his salary Credit: EasyJet

The new Chief Executive of Luton-based easyJet has cut his salary in the name of gender equality.

Johan Lundgren's starting salary was £740,000, but he asked for it to be reduced to £706,000. This is to match what former CEO Carolyn McCall was paid, she left the company last year to take the top job at ITV.

The budget airline boss said it was to demonstrate his commitment to equal pay and opportunity at easyJet.

The company has a gender pay gap of 51.7%, but Mr Lundgren said it is because pilots are highly paid and there is an industry-wide shortage of female pilots. Ninety four per cent of easyJet's pilots are men

Luton-based easyJet to recruit 1,200 new cabin crew

Luton-based airline easyJet is looking to recruit 1,200 more cabin crew. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Luton-based airline easyJet is looking to recruit 1,200 more cabin crew.

It is the largest crew intake in the company's 21-year history. Once qualified air stewards and stewardesses can look forward to visiting many of the 124 destinations easJjet currently flies to and from.

The company's training academy is in Bedfordshire where existing crew get their annual refresher training. New recruits undergo three weeks of basic training.

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Profits fall at easyJet

Tough times are hitting profits at easyJet Credit: PA Images

Luton-based airline easyJet has seen profits nosedive by 28% in its first annual fall for six years.

Chief executive Carolyn McCall said it had been a year of "significant challenges" after a combination of terror attacks across Europe, Egypt and Tunisia, air traffic control strikes in France, political turmoil in Turkey, as well as intense competition in the sector.

Pre-tax profits fell to £495 million for the year to September 30, after the sharply weaker pound cost it £88 million and it suffered a blow of around £150 million from "unprecedented" events.


EasyJet pilots are 'too tired to fly'

EasyJet pilots want to take industrial action. Credit: PA.

Pilots for Luton-based airline EasyJet say they are getting too tired to fly because of their unforgiving rosters.

They have voted overwhelmingly in favour of taking industrial action over concerns about staff fatigue.

EasyJet, which flies out of Luton and Stansted airports, is in talks with union bosses to find a resolution and insists no strike action is currently planned.

Matthew Hudson reports.

EasyJet pilots vote for industrial action - as airline makes last-minute offer

An EasyJet plane. Credit: Press Association.

Pilots at Luton-based airline EasyJet have voted to take industrial action in a dispute over fatigue.

However, their union, Balpa, has announced that talks are planned to try to resolve the row following a last-minute offer from the company.

General Secretary Brian Strutton said 96% of members at the airline voted for some form of industrial action on a turnout of 88%.

Balpa said it would issue further information tomorrow after considering the offer from EasyJet.

"For clarity that means there are no plans for pilots taking industrial action in EasyJet at this stage."

– Brian Strutton, Balpa.

Profits at Luton-based airline easyJet rise by 21%

Pre-tax profits at Luton-based easyJet are up by more than 20%. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Luton-based airline easyJet has announced a steep rise in profits.

In the year to the end of September 2014, the airline made pre-tax profits of £581 million, up by 21.5% on the previous year. Revenue was up 6% to £4.5 billion.

“easyJet has continued to execute its strategy, delivering another strong performance and enabling easyJet to deliver record profits for the fourth year in a row. easyJet has opened up clear blue sky between us and our competitors"

– Carolyn McCall, easyJet Chief Executive

easyJet has a fleet of 200 aircraft and employs 8,000 people. In the Anglia region, it operates from Luton, Stansted and Southend airports.

Passengers given £250 to get off plane which was 'too heavy to fly'

Passengers on an EasyJet plane from Southend Airport to Malaga were asked to volunteer to get off because it was too heavy, it has been claimed.

The captain of the flight said wind conditions meant the weight of the 156-passenger Airbus 319 made it dangerous to take off. Crew members asked for volunteers while the aircraft sat on the tarmac for more than an hour last week. 10 people were offered £250 compensation each.

Easyjet has confirmed it offered passengers compensation to get off the plane Credit: ITV

An EasyJet spokesman said: "EasyJet can confirm that some passengers on a recent flight from London Southend to Malaga were asked to take a later flight as weather conditions at Southend meant the aircraft would be too heavy to take off with all onboard.

"Like all airlines, we calculate weight using high average estimates for males and females, along with 20kg baggage. In line with EU rules, the passengers who did not travel on the flight were offered £250 compensation and a transfer on to an alternative flight to Malaga."

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