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Air Southwest staff facing redundancy

Air Southwest plane at Plymouth Airport
Image caption The airline has stopped its Gatwick flights

More than 20 staff at a Plymouth-based airline are facing redundancy, the company has confirmed.

Air Southwest said it had started a consultation period with staff about 21 potential redundancies as a result of cutting its London Gatwick service.

Nine pilots and 12 cabin crew positions were potentially affected, it said.

It added that it was working hard to explore a number of alternative options in order to avoid compulsory redundancies.

The airline, which was founded in 2003, currently employs 120 staff.

Its last flight between Plymouth, Newquay and London took off on Monday.

Air Southwest ended the route as part of cost-cutting measures by its new owner, Humberside-based Eastern Airways, which blamed falling passenger numbers and high landing fees at Gatwick.

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