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ExCeL London - 24-25 February 2021
Gatwick airport is introducing new health and safety measures
to protect staff and travellers as it prepares to reopen its North Terminal on
The terminal was closed in April after a fall in passenger
demand caused airlines to drastically reduce their schedules and capacity at
the airport. With Easyjet, Wizz Air, Ryanair and Vueling all planning to resume
or increase flights in the coming weeks and months, Gatwick said the terminal
will be needed to accommodate more services.
In addition, the airport will increase its operating hours
to 0600-2200 from 15 June; these were previously reduced to 1400-2200 along
with the consolidation to the South Terminal.
When flights start picking up again, passengers will be
required to wear a face covering at all times when travelling through the
airport. Gatwick has also installed hand sanitiser stations and protective
screens throughout the terminals at check-in desks and gate rooms. Social
distancing procedures are in place at check-in, security, gate rooms and
seating areas in departure halls, while restaurants, bars and shops will be required
to follow similar protocols when they are allowed to reopen. The airport has
also introduced frequent, enhanced deep cleaning of high-touch surfaces
throughout the terminals.
Passengers are being advised to read guidance available on
Gatwick’s website and mobile app before travelling to the airport, and digital
and physical signage will be visible throughout the terminals to inform
travellers of the new procedures.