Gatwick Airport re-opened its North Terminal on 15 June with a range of new measures to protect the wellbeing and safety of both passengers and staff.
The wellbeing and safety of passengers and staff remains Gatwick’s top priority and extensive measures have been put in place throughout the airport, including:
- Passengers are required to wear a face covering within the airport, with Gatwick Airport staff mandated to wear face coverings in passenger-facing areas of the terminals. Face mask vending machines will also be made available at the airport;
- Encouraging good hand hygiene with ample, well signposted hand washing facilities and numerous hand sanitising stations – including touch-free models – throughout the airport;
- Frequent, enhanced deep-cleaning of common-use surfaces throughout the airport, with dedicated teams visible to respond to any passenger concerns on cleanliness;
- Social distancing procedures have been put in place at check-in, security, gate rooms, seating in departure halls and in restaurants, bars and shops
- Installation of Perspex screens throughout the terminals, including at check-in desks, and gate rooms.
In addition to the passenger guidance online, which is available on Gatwick’s website and passenger app, digital and physical signage advising passengers of the new health measures is displayed throughout the airport and a new film informs passengers of the new guidance and what to expect when travelling through the airport.
Gatwick’s airlines have also introduced a range of health measures so that everyone can start to enjoy the benefits of international travel again.
Stewart Wingate, Chief Executive, Gatwick Airport, said: “Having remained open throughout this pandemic the wellbeing and safety of our passengers and everyone that works at the airport remains our top priority. We have introduced a range of new social distancing and hygiene solutions to help this happen so we can all help protect each other when travelling through the airport. We want people to understand that airports and air travel is a safe environment in this COVID-19 travelling world.
“The recent Government announcement regarding the 14-day quarantine period for passengers arriving into the UK is, in our opinion, already having an impact on the start of air travel recovery. We accept the Government’s absolute priority is the protection of public health, but we continue to push for regular, country by country reviews of quarantine regulations, based on medical evidence.”
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Today we re-opened our North Terminal and welcomed back the first @easyJet flights and passengers since March.👏🏼This week, we will also welcome @TurkishAirlines, @ryanair, @belavia_by, @wizzair and Blue Islands. Watch this space for further announcements. pic.twitter.com/PWC65dNonn
— Gatwick Airport LGW (@Gatwick_Airport) June 15, 2020