Coronavirus: British Airways suspends all Gatwick flights

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Media captionGrounded planes may be seen on runways across the nation

British Airways will droop all flights to and from London’s Gatwick airport amid a collapse in demand because of the coronavirus.

The move follows EasyJet’s suspension of flights after the federal government suggested in opposition to all however important travel.

British Airways advised employees it was dealing with a difficult market atmosphere in “unprecedented circumstances”, in keeping with an e-mail seen by the BBC.

The airline mentioned it will contact prospects to “discuss their options”.

“Due to the considerable restrictions and challenging market environment, like many other airlines, we will temporarily suspend our flying schedule at Gatwick,” the airline mentioned in an announcement.

Shares in IAG, which owns the corporate, have greater than halved in worth for the reason that starting of the month and altered fingers yesterday at 212.6 pence every.

While BA continues to fly from its principal hub of Heathrow, it does so on a a lot lowered timetable as travellers scramble to make it again to the UK.

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Image caption EasyJet has grounded its complete fleet

Aviation bosses have been lobbying the federal government for a focused help package deal to cease companies going underneath on account of the droop in travel demand.

Yesterday, EasyJet grounded its complete fleet of planes and mentioned it couldn’t give a date for when they’ll restart.

It had already cancelled most companies however had been operating rescue flights to repatriate Britons stranded overseas.

If your flight has been cancelled you’re entitled to a full refund to the unique type of fee inside seven days underneath EU air passengers’ rights rules.

But airways together with BA have eliminated the standard possibility the place passengers can request their a refund on-line. Airlines need prospects to take vouchers as a substitute.