British Airways is to temporarily suspend its flights at Gatwick airport, following the start of a four-week lockdown in England.

A spokesperson for the carrier said that “Due to the reduction in flying because of the national lockdown in England, we will be reducing our flights at Gatwick and then pausing our operations there until early December”.

BA also provided the following statement on the wider implications of the lockdown for the carrier:

“Following the Government’s announcement of a new national lockdown for England last Saturday, we have been urgently reviewing our schedule for November.

“Our focus is on keeping crucial air links open – bringing home the thousands of customers currently abroad, transporting vital goods, and ensuring people who are permitted to travel in and out of the UK for work, education and other reasons stipulated by the UK Government, can continue to do so.

“We will be contacting customers whose flights are cancelled to offer refund options, as well as encouraging customers who wish to change their booking to do so via, where they can also request a voucher for future travel if their flight continues to operate.”

In March British Airways suspended all flights from Gatwick following the onset of the first wave of Covid-19.

Several routes have since been transferred over to Heathrow, although the carrier has continued to operate some long-haul leisure services out of Gatwick, including recently launched flights to Montego Bay.

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