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British Airways said it will suspend all flights to and from
Gatwick airport as demand for air travel continues to collapse amid the
According to the BBC, the airline told staff in an email that
it was facing “unprecedented circumstances” and that due to “considerable
restrictions and challenging market environment, like many other airlines, we
will temporarily suspend our flying schedule at Gatwick”.
BA added that it would contact affected customers to “discuss
There is no indication as to when services might resume.
The news comes after Easyjet grounded all of its aircraft,
saying travel restrictions across the globe had made the decision necessary.
Norwegian, another large carrier to operate from Gatwick, has grounded the vast
majority of its fleet.
Gatwick airport announced last week that it will close its
North Terminal from 1 April and will only be open to passenger flights between
1400 and 2200 each day due to a downturn in traffic.
BA will continue to operate some flights from Heathrow, but
these are on a severely reduced schedule to allow Brits to travel home from
Aviation bosses have been
lobbying the UK government to provide a targeted aid package to save the
industry from going under amid cratering demand, but so far chancellor Rishi
Sunak has said financial support will be considered on a case-by-case basis
only after companies have exhausted all other options. Firms are eligible for
existing government schemes such as salary subsidies for furloughed staff, but
many CEOs say this is not enough to reduce the costs involved in running an