Gatwick Airport to reopen North Terminal next week as flights resume

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GATWICK Airport will reopen the North Terminal next week with the first flight to Glasgow on Monday.

The airport was forced to close earlier this year due to a coronavirus.

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Airport will reopen North Terminal and resume normal hoursCredits: Getty Images – Getty

However, Gatwick will resume limited flights from June 15 and will double the terminal hours.

The hours currently restricted from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. will return at 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.

With easyJet operating the first flight, Blue Islands, Ryanair, Vueling and Wizz Air will also resume their flights.

New measures are also being introduced – families will be asked to cover their faces throughout the airport before boarding.

Vending machines will sell packs of four for £ 3 to people arriving without a mask, the airport making no profit and 80p going to a local charity.

Hand sanitizers were placed around the airport, as well as reminders of social distancing.

The safety trays will be covered with an antiviral film and will be washed every hour and the airport is testing a UV system to burn any virus from the trays on the conveyor belt before reuse.

Stores will gradually reopen inside the terminal and Duty Free will return once passenger numbers begin to rise.

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Airport to launch first flight June 15 to GlasgowCredits: Getty Images – Getty

Britain’s second largest airport would have expected more than 4,000 passengers to pass through an hour during the summer peak – and the airport said it could take four years before the figures return to the normal.

The airport and airlines hope the new virus security measures will not lengthen travel times.

Chief operating officer Chris Woodroofe said the airport will follow and adapt to government directions as it develops.

He said, “We don’t think it will take much longer.

“The measures we have put in place go no further than government guidelines.

“We are trying to send a message that aviation is safe and we welcome people to the airport.

“We will adapt to the circumstances as they arise.

Woodroofe added that he “hoped to welcome” British Airways back soon after removing their flights from Gatwick during the lockout.

London City Airport is also resuming flights this month, starting with domestic routes.

International flights are expected to resume from July as airlines resume flight schedules.

However, anyone currently entering the country will be forced to quarantine for two weeks under new rules imposed by the government, or will be fined £ 1,000.

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