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London Gatwick Airport plans to reopen its South Terminal in March after shuttering almost two years ago.
The airport is anticipating strong demand for the summer and beyond with the return of international travel.
It announced the news on the same day that testing requirements for travellers arriving to the UK eased with pre-departure and post-arrival Covid-19 tests no longer needed for fully vaccinated passengers from Friday 11 February.
Gatwick Airport has been operating flights solely from its North Terminal since mid-June 2021 in a bid to save costs but now plans to reopen the south facility on 27 March.
A number of airlines have already announced plans to resume services from Gatwick with British Airways adding 35 new European routes and sister carrier, Vueling, adding five new short-haul routes.
BA announced the initial routes for its Euroflyer subsidiary from Gatwick in December with new destinations including Athens, Berlin and Madrid.
Wizz Air also plans to increase its services from Gatwick with 18 new routes while easyJet will operates its “busiest flying schedule ever” from Gatwick.
A number of long-haul routes will also be operating including Dubai, New York and cities across Canada.
Stewart Wingate, chief executive, Gatwick Airport, said: “After an incredibly challenging two years for the airport, our partners, local communities and the entire aviation industry, we are delighted to be reopening our South Terminal next month.
“Following some major announcements from our airlines about significantly increased flying schedules, and from Government on removing travel restrictions and airport slot regulations, we can now look forward to once again operating a busy Gatwick this summer and beyond.
“Today’s news means Gatwick and our partners can also begin recruiting new staff to help us meet this demand, which is excellent news for local people who have been so badly impacted by the effects of the pandemic.
“With our airlines now operating hugely increased flying programmes, our passengers can once again choose from a fantastic range of destinations – both short and long haul – whether booking a holiday, family visit, business trip – or that bucket list adventure they have dreamed of for years.
“It may however take time for consumer confidence to fully recover, so I urge Government to make 2022 the year when all travel restrictions are removed, including the unpopular passenger locator form and other remaining barriers to free travel.”
Airlines which will be operating from the South Terminal include British Airways, Norwegian, Turkish Airlines, TAP and Aer Lingus.
source : businesstravelnewseurope
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