31 AUGUST 2020


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Article from BTNews 31 AUGUST 2020

Gatwick’s half year

Whilst reporting the inevitable huge loss for the first half year Gatwick Airport's Chief Executive Officer, Stewart Wingate, has confirmed plans to the bring the existing northern (stand-by) runway into routine use next year.

Gatwick numbers fell by 66% in the first six month ended 30 June. There was a £321m loss and a drop in revenue of 61.3%. The airport has remained open throughout the pandemic.

Gatwick currently has 18 airlines flying to 115 airports in 42 countries.

“Like any other international airport, the negative impact of Covid-19 on our passenger numbers and air traffic at the start of the year was dramatic and, although there are small signs of recovery, it is a trend we expect to continue to see.  However, we are focussed on ensuring the business remains robust and is best placed to take advantage of future growth,” said Mr Wingate.

“Planned capital expenditure has been reduced by £157m for 2020 and £196m for 2021”.  Job losses have been put at 600, about quarter of the workforce. 

The South Terminal remains closed for the most part, including the Hilton, Bloc Hotel and Yotel, except Boots and Café Nero but access to the North Terminal, and with it the Sofitel, from the railway station is available via the shuttle.  


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