Gatwick Airport to close north terminal due to coronavirus pandemic


GATWICK Airport is to close one of their two terminals due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The north terminal will shut and only the south terminal will remain open.

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 Gatwick Airport are to close the north terminal due to coronavirus
Gatwick Airport are to close the north terminal due to coronavirusCredit: Alamy

The terminal is to shut later today with an announcement expected shortly, according to Sky News.

It is used by carriers including easyJet, although a drop in demand for flights has meant it will be closed until further notice.

EasyJet has already grounded most of their fleet with remaining flights primarily used for getting stranded tourists back to the UK.

While the south terminal remains open, it is likely to be mainly used for repatriation flights as many other UK carriers ground the majority of their fleet.

Ryanair has stopped all commercial flights until June, while British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have massively reduced their services.

 Airlines such as easyJet use the north terminal
Airlines such as easyJet use the north terminalCredit: Alamy

It isn’t the first airport to be closing this month due to coronavirus.

London City Airport has suspended all flights until end of April, it was announced on Wednesday.

A statement on the website explained: “Following the Government’s latest instructions in response to the coronavirus outbreak, we have made the difficult but necessary decision to temporarily suspend all commercial and private flights from the airport.”

Trade body the Airport Operators Association (AOA) has urged ministers to support airports in the country amid dwindling passenger numbers as flights are cancelled.

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AOA chief executive Karen Dee said: “As some airlines call on the UK Government to act similarly, we are clear that airports will shut down in weeks unless urgent action is taken to support the industry.”

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She added: “The Government must step in to see airports across the four home nations through the current crisis, and make an unequivocal commitment to doing whatever it takes to sustain the UK aviation industry.”

Sun Online Travel contacted Gatwick Airport for comment.

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