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200 job losses and fewer operating hours as Gatwick announces decisive action over COVID-19

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Gatwick has announced drastic action it is taking as a result of the impact from COVID-19.

They say that the spread of COVID-19 has had an ‘unprecedented impact’ on the global aviation industry and as a result they are taking necessary and what they call appropriate steps to safeguard the financial resilience of teh business so that it can prepare for a quick recovery.

Operationally, this includes closing the airport to flights between midnight and 05.30 from Tuesday – except for emergency landings – and closing two of the airport’s six piers due to fewer passengers.

Further action is also likely to be announced in coming days to reduce the airport’s ‘operational footprint’ in response to this very serious, ongoing situation.

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick’s Chief Executive Officer and his executive team are also to take a 20% salary cut and waive any bonus for the current financial year.

Gatwick has also taken the very difficult decision to terminate the employment of 200 staff employed on temporary fixed-term contracts and contractors, in order to protect the business.

They say they are consulting with employees on further measures to reduce near term operating costs by exploring the potential to introduce options for unpaid leave or temporary salary reductions for staff.

In their statement they say:

These unprecedented circumstances are also having a serious impact on the airport’s third-party suppliers and the airport is working closely with them to reduce expenditure.

Along with other UK airports, Gatwick has also asked Government to ensure that the needs of UK airports are an immediate priority of the Chancellor’s new Economic and Business Response Committee.”

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Airport, Chief Executive Officer, said:

“Gatwick is a resilient business, but the world has changed dramatically in recent weeks and we have been forced to take rapid, decisive action to ensure that the airport is in a strong position to recover from a significant fall in passenger numbers.

“We must all play our part in helping the airport recover and both myself and our Executive Board will take a significant pay cut to help reduce costs.  We also very much regret having to make this difficult decision to reduce our staff numbers and I would like to thank everyone for the contribution they made to the business. 

“Significantly reduced passenger numbers are likely to be sustained, at least in the short to medium term, and I need to prepare people for the news that other serious measures are likely.  We also strongly urge the Government to provide support in order to protect the business and the contribution it makes to the region and wider economy.”

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Crawley hairdressers, hotels, pubs and restaurants to reopen from 4th July as lockdown is eased

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The Prime Minister has made an announcement in the House Of Commons this afternoon where he announced further easing of the lockdown restrictions.

These included reducing the social distance rule of 2 metres to 1 metre.

In a move that will help and be appreciated by most people, hairdressers will also be allowed to reopen provided visors are worn.

From July 4th, two households of any size can meet both indoors and outside provided social distance rules are followed.

Pubs, restaurants, hotels, holiday house and campsites can also open from the 4th July.

Schools are also to be reopened from September with all children to return as normal.

But several sectors are still not allowed to open and include, indoor gyms, nightclubs, theatres and swimming pools to remain closed for the time being.

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