Among the places closed with the arrival of Covid are airports. In the case of the United Kingdom, Gatwick Airport was one of them.
But today they finally reopened their doors after the start of the pandemic, that is, the last time they had passengers was on June 15, 2020. The number of flights has been multiplying, it started at 300, and now there are 570.
This reopening will help the economic growth of the area because many businesses are related to tourism.
Pete Coombes, the director of passenger operations, said, “We live to get there, and it’s busy and alive and there’s something different every day.”
Coombes mentioned that in the last 18 months, they saw it go from 100,000 passengers to zero. And they are excited to see activity return to Gatwick Airport’s south terminal.
Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said, “Behind the scenes, you can imagine that the airport teams, the airline teams, and also the ground teams have worked very hard to make sure that all the systems are working, and I’m pleased to say that we have opened the terminal and flights are departing on time.”
The commercial units will open up many opportunities again. The head of commercial operations, Nick Williams, said, “It’s been like opening a new mall from scratch.”
For Gatwick, one of the opportunities that will re-open after months is the link with CAE, a Crawley-based company that provides pilot training on its 18 simulators.