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Gatwick shows the new protective measures in place as it prepares to reopen North Terminal

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It has been a worrying time for the airport as it has for all air travel over the past few months.

With airlines looking to restart or increase operations Gatwick has introduced a range of measures to protect the well-being of both their passengers and staff.

From the 15th June the airport’s North Terminal will reopen from 06:00 to 22:00 with operations resuming with easyJet, Ryanair, Belavia, Curling and Blue Island.

Measures the airport has implemented include the requirement for all passengers to wear a face mask within the airport along with staff who are mandated to also wear masks.

For those who do not have a mask, vending machines will sell a pack of four masks for £3.

200 hand sanitizer stations have been set up to encourage good hand hygiene and include touch-free models.

The airport is ensuring there is frequent enhanced deep cleaning if common-use surfaces throughout with visible dedicated teams able to respond to any passenger concerns.

Queuing has been extended to allow 2 metre distances between rows.

The airport has made sure there is a multitude of signage to ensure social distancing procedures are adhered to at all points of a passengers journey through the airport. These include check in, security, gate rooms, seating in departure halls (where seats are now only in pairs) and in the restaurants, shops and bars.

Perspex screens at check in.

Perspex screens have also been installed throughout the terminals and include the check in desks and gate rooms.

Shops will start to reopen as passenger numbers increase

Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive, Gatwick Airport, said:

“Having remained open throughout this pandemic the wellbeing and safety of our passengers and everyone that works at the airport remains our top priority.”

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727 easyJet pilots jobs at risk of redundancy as airline proposes closing bases at three UK airports

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BALPA, the trade union representing its UK-based pilots, says that easyJet has today informed them that 727 of their pilots are at risk of redundancy.

In addition, the airline is also proposing to completely close its bases at Stansted, Southend and Newcastle airports.

The potential job loss would see almost 1-in3 easyJet pilots lose their jobs in the UK.

 In November 2019 easyJet acquired Thomas Cook’s slots at Gatwick Airport (12 summer slot pairs and 8 winter slot pairs) and Bristol Airport (6 summer slot pairs and one winter slot pair) for £36 million.

Brian Strutton, BALPA General Secretary, said:

“We know that aviation is in the midst of the COVID crisis and we had been expecting easyJet to make an announcement of temporary measures to help the airline through to recovery.

“But this seems an excessive over-reaction and easyJet won’t find a supply of pilots waiting to come back when the recovery takes place over the next two years. easyJet paid £174m out to shareholders, got agreements to furlough staff to protect cash, got £600m from the Government, has boasted of having £2.4bn in liquidity, and ticket sales are going through the roof so fast they cannot get pilots back off furlough quickly enough – so why the panic? It doesn’t add up. We are meeting easyJet today and we will be fighting to save every single job.

“This is more evidence that aviation in the U.K. is caught in a death spiral of despair and individual airlines are flailing around without direction. BALPA repeats its call for Government to step in, provide a strategy and back a moratorium on job losses while all stakeholders sort out an holistic way forward for the whole aviation sector.”

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