London Gatwick Airport plans to reopen its south terminal in March after closing nearly two years ago.
The airport anticipates strong demand for the summer and beyond with the return of international travel.
He announced the news on the same day that testing requirements for travelers arriving in the UK have been relaxed, with pre- and post-arrival Covid-19 testing no longer required for fully vaccinated passengers from Friday February 11th.
Gatwick Airport has operated flights only from its north terminal since mid-June 2021 in a bid to cut costs, but now plans to reopen the south facility on March 27.
A number of airlines have already announced plans to resume services from Gatwick, with British Airways adding 35 new European routes and sister carrier Vueling adding five new short-haul routes.
BA announced the first routes for its subsidiary Euroflyer from Gatwick in December with new destinations including Athens, Berlin and Madrid.
Wizz Air also plans to increase its services from Gatwick with 18 new routes while easyJet will operate its “busiest flight schedule ever” from Gatwick.
A number of long-haul routes will also be in service, including Dubai, New York and cities in Canada.
Stewart Wingate, Managing Director of Gatwick Airport, said: “After two incredibly difficult years for the airport, our partners, local communities and the entire aviation industry, we are delighted to reopen our South Terminal. next month.
“Following some major announcements from our airlines about significantly increased flight times and from the government about the removal of travel restrictions and slot regulations at airports, we can now expect to be operating a very Gatwick again. frequented this summer and beyond.
“Today’s news means that Gatwick and our partners can also start recruiting new staff to help us meet this demand, which is great news for local people who have been so hard hit by the effects. of the pandemic.
“With our airlines now offering significantly increased flight schedules, our passengers can once again choose from a fantastic range of destinations – both short and long haul – whether it’s booking a holiday, visiting with family, a business trip – or that bucket list adventure they’ve dreamed of for years.
“It may take time for consumer confidence to fully recover, so I urge the government to make 2022 the year all travel restrictions are removed, including the unpopular passenger locator form and other remaining barriers to freedom of travel.”
The airlines that will operate from the south terminal are British Airways, Norwegian, Turkish Airlines, TAP and Aer Lingus.