AIRPORT bosses say they are “exploring options” to move staff to new roles following the news Amazon will stop night flights from Southend.

Both Southend Airport and Esken have sought to reassure workers after concerns were raised by Southend West MP, Anna Firth, about potential jobs losses.

An Esken spokesman said: “Southend Airport employs 12 people within the cargo operations and Star Handling, formerly Stobart Aviation Services, employs 60 people in service of the global logistics partner contract.

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“Esken will explore opportunities to transfer a number of these people to other roles within the aviation business.”

Southend Airport has echoed Esken’s words, adding: “We will also offer them all the help we can to find new opportunities.”

Ms Firth has meanwhile confirmed she will hold talks with Amazon to ensure its decision to stop night flights from Southend Airport will not lead to job losses.

She said: “I understand how such news can bring anxiety to the hard-working employees of the airport.

“Subsequently, I have been lobbying Amazon UK to implement measures which will protect jobs ahead of what will be a difficult winter for many people.”