Passenger numbers at Gatwick fell 78 per cent in the year to December as the Covid-19 pandemic closed borders around the world. The airport hopes to see a return this year.
Gatwick Airport will introduce a £5 charge for vehicles which drop off passengers directly outside its North Terminal next month. Currently all flights are operating to and from the terminal.
In expectation of a rapid return to flying once restrictions are eased, the airline will base four more aircraft at the airport, taking its fleet up to a record 71 aircraft by next summer.
Starting on March 28th, SunExpress will launch three weekly flights between London Gatwick and Antalya, offering passengers an ideal destination for the Easter holiday period.
The airport is expecting to see a significant increase in passengers travelling over the Christmas period, with up to 200 flights a day forecast to operate to and from the London airport.
The airline has also scheduled four daily flights from London Heathrow, three daily flights from Manchester and three weekly flights from Edinburgh throughout December.
Gatwick Airport and ExpressTest have welcomed the opening of a new Covid-19 screening centre. The site will offer a fast and accurate and lab-analysed PCR swab test.
Gatwick chief financial officer, Nick Dunn, has stepped down from the role in order to take up a new career opportunity with alternative digital infrastructure provider CityFibre.
With the inaugural flights to Athens and Naples, today marks the official opening of the new base, which is one of three in the UK for the, alongside London Luton and Doncaster Sheffield.
Gatwick has become the first airport in the UK to treat its security trays with enough UV light energy to guarantee a 99.9 per cent microbe disinfection rate.
The airport remained open throughout the pandemic; however all revenue streams were impacted and the collapse in passenger demand led to a 61 per cent fall in revenue and a £321 million loss.