British Airways is suspending all flights out of Gatwick airport, turning into the newest carrier to prevent serving the UK’s second-busiest airport thanks to collapsing demand from customers.

The airline will maintain equipment essential for essential functions at the airport such as servicing, towing and cleaning so that it can restart operations swiftly when the world wide lockdowns raise.

A British Airways spokesman said: “Thanks to the significant limitations and difficult industry setting, like numerous other airways we will briefly suspend our traveling agenda at Gatwick. We are getting in touch with afflicted buyers to go over their possibilities.”

Just 33 flights were being thanks to just take off or land at the West Sussex airport on Tuesday, in accordance to knowledge agency FlightStats.

EasyJet, whose most significant base is at Gatwick, has grounded its entire fleet and spending budget long-haul operator Norwegian has also axed numerous flights.   

Gatwick’s runway will only be open for scheduled flights in between 2pm and 10pm from Wednesday, and 1 of its two terminals will be closed.

The measures will be in area for at minimum a month.

Airports are responding to the determination by carriers to suspend most flights thanks to a collapse in demand from customers as countries all around the globe introducing travel limitations in a bid to sluggish the distribute of the coronavirus.

London Town airport closed its runway to all industrial and personal flights last week, whilst Southend is only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in between 4.30pm and 9.30pm.