Published on : Wednesday, June 10, 2020
Gatwick Airport has finally decided to reopen its North Terminal on June 15 after its closure back in March. The reopening plan arrives in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdown when airlines have gradually started to scale up flying programmes once again. The reopening comes with a set of measures undertaken to protect the wellbeing of both passengers and staff amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
According to the new measures, it is mandatory for all passengers to wear a face covering within the airport. All Gatwick staff also requires wearing face coverings in passenger-facing areas of the terminals. The airport has also set up mask vending machines that will be available throughout the airport area. It is also undertaking frequent, enhanced deep cleaning of common-use surfaces throughout the airport.
In addition, the airport has arranged dedicated teams that will be present to respond to any passenger concerns on cleanliness. All check in, security, gate rooms, seating in departure halls and in restaurants, bars and shops will adhere to social distancing measures. The airport has also installed Perspex screens throughout the terminals, including check in desks, and gate rooms. Wizz Air, Ryanair, easyJet, Belavia, Vueling and Blue Island will be among the carriers operating from the reopened terminal.
Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive, Gatwick Airport said in a recent press statement that despite being open throughout the pandemic, the safety and wellbeing of employees and passengers continue to be one of the topmost priority of the airport. He informed that a range of new social distancing measures and hygiene solutions have been introduced to protect every individual travelling through the airport. He also mentioned that the airport want people to understand that airports and air travel are a safe environment in the post-pandemic world.
He further added that the government announcement regarding the 14-day quarantine period for passengers arriving into the U.K. is already having an impact on air travel recovery. He also said that the airport authorities accept the government’s absolute priority towards the protection of public health but also mentioned that the airport will continue to push for regular, country by country reviews of quarantine regulations, based on medical evidence.