Gatwick Airport has announced it is to consolidate passenger processing and facilities into the airport’s South Terminal and to limit scheduled flights on its runway to between 1400 and 2200.
The measures, which take effect from 1 April, come in the wake of the continued spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
The airport says it has made this decision “to protect the health and safety of passengers and staff, and to shield the business following a dramatic fall in airline traffic”.
The temporary closure of the North Terminal will last a minimum of one month and the situation will be kept under regular review. A decision taken on reopening the North Terminal when airline traffic increases and government public health advice – including on social distancing – is relaxed.
The decision to scale back the airport’s operations has been discussed with the airport’s airline partners and any passengers booked on flights due to depart or arrive at Gatwick during this period are advised to contact their airline.
Commenting on the decision, Gatwick Airport chief executive Stewart Wingate said: “Gatwick is a resilient but also responsible business and during these extraordinary times we need to take unprecedented measures to protect the health and wellbeing of our staff and passengers, while also shielding the business from the impact of Coronavirus.
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank my staff for their continuing hard work through this difficult time and to reassure them that we are taking these difficult decisions now, so that we are in a position to recover quickly and get back to generating jobs and economic benefits for the region and wider economy well into the future.”
He added: “During these extraordinary times, we have also seen remarkable acts of kindness and community spirit in support of people who may need some additional help.
“To add to this, we will also be providing some opportunities so that any of our staff, who have time during this period of reduced operations, that choose to, can help support people in our local communities.”
On Wednesday (26 March), London City Airport announced that it would be suspending all commercial and private flights due to the coronavirus outbreak.