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Gatwick is back! 14 airlines flying to 42 destinations in 23 countries as holidays get underway

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It’s the news both staff and holiday makers have been longing for since lockdown and marks the start of a return to business and hopefully jobs.

The lifting of quarantine restrictions for inbound passengers means that airlines can now fly to over 75% of the destinations Gatwick served before the COVID19 crisis.

In response, from this Friday, fourteen airlines will fly from Gatwick to 42 destinations in 23 countries, including popular short haul summer holiday destinations in Spain, Italy, France, Portugal, Croatia, Greece and Turkey.

Airlines flying to these destinations from Gatwick include easyJet, TUI, Air Europa, Turkish Airlines and Vueling.

Regular short haul services are also flying to Ireland, Scandinavia and Eastern Europe by airlines including Ryanair, Norwegian, Air Baltic and Wizz Air.

British Airways also resumed long haul flights from Gatwick last Friday (17 July) with services to Barbados, Bermuda, Jamaica and St Lucia, with Air Transat starting flights to Canada on 24 July, followed by WestJet from in August.

Stewart Wingate, Gatwick Airport CEO, said:

“The introduction of travel corridors is very welcome and means that we could now fly to over 75% of our pre COVID-19 destinations without passengers having to quarantine on their return.  Passengers should feel confident about booking summer holidays abroad to these destinations and visiting family and friends.

“The safety and wellbeing of passengers and everyone who works at Gatwick remains a priority and – in partnership with our airlines – a range of new measures are in place across the airport. We are determined to play our part in keeping the spread of COVID-19 down.

“While we hope that the introduction of travel corridors marks a turning point, the aviation industry still has a long way to go to in its recovery from this pandemic however and we call on Government to introduce specific measures to further help the sector.

“Even though we are starting to see the beginning of small green shoots of recovery demand is still down considerably and we want to preserve jobs alongside offering a first rate passenger experience in this new COVID-19 world. We hope consumer confidence will continue to grow over the summer.”

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More jobs lost at Gatwick as dnata restructure their business

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More job losses have been reported at Gatwick through one of their ground handling firms.

dnata, who operate staff at Gatwick and at Heathrow confirmed the news that they were having to resize their operation.

In a statement the firm said that COVID-19 had caused ‘unprecedented disruption’ with ‘unpredictable demand’.

Sources close to the firm said that up to 80 positions at Gatwick had been lost with even more to go at Heathrow, although ndata had not confirmed the figures at time of publication.

dnata offer a range of airport service from ramp work including baggage handling and aircraft moving through to customer services.

A dnata spokesperson said:

“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused unprecedented disruption to global trade and industry and has devastated the aviation and travel sectors. The situation remains very fluid with unpredictable demand, schedule and capacity changes becoming the norm.

Considering this operating environment, and like so many other organisations that have been impacted, we’ve had to take steps to right size our business and ensure it is fit for purpose.

We have conducted thorough manpower assessments and have made very difficult, but necessary decisions to let some of our people go.  

We will strictly comply with all relevant regulations and provide all possible support to affected employees throughout the redundancy process.” 

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