Gatwick Airport to remain open amid second national lockdown
Gatwick Airport has announced it will remain open during the second national lockdown.
All flights will be operating to and from the North Terminal, the airport confirmed on social media.
A spokesman urged people to check with their airline and ensure they’re permitted to travel under UK Government guidelines.
He added: “For those planning to travel into England, you should check the current travel corridor list to see whether you need to isolate for 14 days.
“You will still be required to abide by the restrictions set out here even if you do not need to isolate.
“If you do need to travel overseas from England before 2 December (and are legally permitted to do so, for example, because it is for work), even if you are returning to a place you’ve visited before, you should look at the rules in place at your destination and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) travel advice.
“We understand that air travel in this current coronavirus (COVID-19) world is a new experience for everybody. It is our priority to ensure that all our passengers and staff at the airport keep healthy and safe and follow the UK Government’s guidelines.”
There are four key measures which passengers are being urged to follow.
People should wear a face covering, maintain social distancing, wash their hands regularly and keep their hands clean on the go using hand sanitiser.
Face coverings will not be mandatory for anyone under the age of 11 or those with disabilities or certain health conditions, such as respiratory or cognitive impairments that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering, the spokesman confirmed.
He added: “All our staff will also be wearing face masks in passengers areas of the airport.
“Our North Terminal is open for flight arrivals and departures and all flights to and from Gatwick are temporarily operating only from this terminal. If you arrive by train, then please take the free shuttle between terminals. If you are driving, then please book one of our parking options.
“If you are arriving into the UK you must complete a Government form up to 48 hours before arrival. Please download the completed form to your phone or print it, as you may be required to show it at Border Control. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office also has the latest guidance for people travelling overseas.”