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.
The airport confirmed proposals could result in the region of 600 job roles being removed from across the business, approximately 24 per cent of the current staff.
The airline will allocate one Airbus A321 aircraft to the south London hub and launch four new routes to leisure destinations in Greece, Italy, Spain and Malta from October.
Jonathan Pollard is joining Gatwick in September as the new chief commercial officer of the airport. He will be responsible for driving forward airline relations, retail, restaurants and other commercial revenue streams, including car parking and property portfolios.
Gatwick has introduced a range of measures to protect the wellbeing of both passengers and staff as the airport prepares to reopen its North Terminal on June 15th. The move comes as airlines start scaling up flying programmes in the wake of the Covid-19 shutdown.
Releasing its financial results earlier this month, officials at Gatwick added demand might not return to 2019 levels for as long as four years
Releasing its annual results, the airport said it had experienced unprecedented market circumstances and a dramatic decline in passenger numbers due to the impact the coronavirus pandemic.
Initially for use by NHS staff and invited key workers from today, the site will be available between 09:00-17:00, on an appointment-only basis.
A brief statement from the British flag-carrier said: “Due to the considerable restrictions and challenging market environment, like many other airlines, we will temporarily suspend our flying schedule at Gatwick.”
Gatwick will consolidate operations into the south terminal from April 1st. The decision comes in response to the severe and unparalleled impact of Covid-19 on the global aviation sector, officials said.
Gatwick Airport has unveiled a series of steps designed to safeguard the “financial resilience” of the business in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. The plans will significantly reduce costs.