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Third largest airline at Gatwick to cancel 3000 flights due to Coronavirus

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As a result of the COVID-19 ongoing situation, Norwegian, Gatwick’s third largest airline, is making preparations to cancel approximately 3000 flights between March and mid-June.

This huge number of cancellations represents 15% of the total capacity for that period and the company is adding extra measures including temporary layoffs of a large number of its workforce.

Norwegian say that over just the past week they have experienced a drop in demand for future bookings which is why they are cancelling 3000 of their flights to meet the change in demand.

These changes will affect their entire network and customers affected are to receive information about the changes as soon as they take place.

Norwegian carries almost 6 million UK passengers every year from Gatwick, Edinburgh and Manchester. These cancellations will affect each of the UK airports they operate from.

“This is a critical time for the aviation industry, including us at Norwegian. We encourage the authorities to immediately implement measures to imminently reduce the financial burden on the airlines in order to protect crucial infrastructure and jobs,” said CEO Jacob Schram of Norwegian.

“Unfortunately, cancellations will affect a significant share of our colleagues at Norwegian. We have initiated formal consultations with our unions regarding temporary layoffs for flying crew members as well as employees on the ground and in the offices. We will continue to engage in constructive dialogue with unions and employees to work through this difficult situation together,” said Schram.

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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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