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US News British Airways suspends all flights from Gatwick Airport

10:50  31 march  2020
10:50  31 march  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

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British Airways will suspend all flights to and from London's Gatwick airport amid a collapse in demand due to the coronavirus. The move follows EasyJet's suspension of flights after the government advised against all but essential travel. British Airways told staff it was facing a challenging market

LONDON (Reuters) - British Airways (L:ICAG) said it is temporarily suspending flights from Gatwick Airport in southern England, Britain's second busiest airport , due to the coronavirus. BA 's boss warned earlier in March that the airline was in a battle for survival and would have to cut jobs and park planes.

a large passenger jet flying through a blue sky: British Airways has temporarily suspended flights from Gatwick Airport © Getty British Airways has temporarily suspended flights from Gatwick Airport British Airways is suspending all its flights to and from London's Gatwick airport amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The airline has said it will continue to carry out essential functions such as maintenance, towing and cleaning in order to be ready to start up again effectively.

British Airways added in a statement: "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."

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BRITISH Airways is grounding all its flights from Gatwick Airport because of the coronavirus pandemic, it emerged last night. Mr Carson said: “Due to the considerable restrictions and challenging market environment, like many other airlines , we will temporarily suspend our flying

British Airways is to close its Gatwick airport base indefinitely due to the coronavirus crisis. British Airways is continuing to fly dozens of flights to and from Heathrow, with departures on Tuesday to Frankfurt, Gibraltar, Budapest, Lisbon, Reykjavik, Stuttgart and Manchester before 8am on Tuesday.

Gatwick Airport in West Sussex is Britain's second busiest airport.

Just 33 flights were due to take off or land from there on Tuesday, according to aviation data provider FlightStats.

Gatwick's runway will only be open for scheduled flights between 2pm and 10pm from Wednesday.

The airport will also close one of its two terminals.

The measures will be in place for a minimum of one month.

British Airways' boss warned earlier in March that the airline was in a battle for survival and would have to cut jobs and park planes.

The airline continues to operate some flights from its main hub at Heathrow.

Parent company IAG said flying capacity would be down 75% in April and May.

Low-cost airline easyJet said on Monday that it had grounded its entire fleet.

Gatwick Airport said last week it would shut one of its two terminals on Wednesday.

Airports are responding to the decision by airlines to suspend the majority of their flights due to demand plummeting and countries around the world introducing travel restrictions in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus.

London City Airport closed its runway to all commercial and private flights last week.

Southend Airport is only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays between 4.30pm and 9.30pm.

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