Gatwick to reopen North Terminal next week as operations set to ramp up
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London Gatwick will reopen its North Terminal for operations as of 15 June with an extended set of hours. The airport announced on Tuesday that it plans to resume operations from its North Terminal, which has been closed since March, when the coronavirus first began to shut down the travel and aviation industries.
The largest tenant at Gatwick Airport, EasyJet, announced this month that it’s going to resume some domestic U.K. operations as of 15 June. Optimistically, the low-cost carrier said that it hopes to resume 75% of its international route network by August.
Major airlines that usually operate from the North Terminal include:
Although Gatwick Airport is reopening its North Terminal, some airlines will still operate out of the South Terminal. If you have a flight from Gatwick, the airport recommends checking with your airline before heading to the airport to see which terminal your flight is operating out of.
The airport says that passengers should wear a face mask when travelling through Gatwick, which is now required on all public transport in the U.K., including airports. Additionally, the airport is encouraging passengers to social distance, wash their hands regularly and use hand sanitiser when washing hands isn’t available.
British Airways still has suspended all operations to and from London Gatwick Airport (LGW). While the U.K. flag carrier is based out of London’s biggest airport, Heathrow (LHR), it historically has used LGW as a secondary base.
All remaining BA London flights have been consolidated to Heathrow Terminal 5. The carrier has ceased operations at London City Airport (LCY), which remains closed, but plans to reopen by the end of June.
“Having remained open throughout this pandemic, the wellbeing and safety of our passengers and everyone that works at the airport remains our top priority”, Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said in a statement. “We want people to understand that airports and air travel is a safe environment in this Covid-19 travelling world”.
The airport could be one of the hardest hit by the coronavirus in the U.K. A number of its airlines have announced that they plan to reduce service out of or pull out of the airport altogether.
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