British Airways has announced that it is set to suspend operations at Gatwick temporarily due to the ongoing crisis.
A British Airways spokesperson said: “Due to the considerable restrictions and challenging market environment, like many other airlines we will temporarily suspend our flying schedule at Gatwick. We are contacting affected customers to discuss their options.”
The carrier has confirmed essential functions will continue at Gatwick, including maintenance, towing and cleaning, to ensure it is ready to resume operations when the situation improves.
Gatwick last week confirmed it would this week consolidate operations into its South Terminal and limit runway hours “to protect staff, passengers and the business from the impact of Covid-19”.
The airport’s south runway will only operate between 2pm and 10pm owing to a “dramatic fall in airline traffic”, although it will remain open for emergency landings and diversions outside these hours.