British Airways is suspending all flights out of Gatwick airport, starting to be the most recent carrier to end serving the UK’s 2nd-busiest airport because of to collapsing demand.

The airline will maintain gear essential for critical functions at the airport such as upkeep, towing and cleansing so that it can restart operations speedily when the world wide lockdowns carry.

A British Airways spokesman reported: “Because of to the significant constraints and demanding marketplace atmosphere, like many other airlines we will temporarily suspend our flying timetable at Gatwick. We are contacting influenced consumers to focus on their alternatives.”

Just 33 flights ended up because of to just take off or land at the West Sussex airport on Tuesday, according to information business FlightStats.

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

Gatwick’s runway will only be open for scheduled flights concerning 2pm and 10pm from Wednesday, and one particular of its two terminals will be shut.

The measures will be in location for at least a month.

Airports are responding to the determination by carriers to suspend most flights because of to a collapse in demand as countries all-around the globe introducing vacation constraints in a bid to sluggish the distribute of the coronavirus.

London City airport shut its runway to all commercial and non-public flights previous week, though Southend is only open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays concerning four.30pm and nine.30pm.