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What is happening now at Gatwick is the same what happened at Heathrow over the past 10-15 years: the airport is getting close to capacity. In Gatwick’s case this means that it is now 90% full, with virtually no slots left at peak times. The latter includes the airport’s busy 6 am to 9 am “rush hour”. As this happens, airlines begin to rationalize their slots, i.e. to use them as profitably as possible. Unfortunately, relatively short domestic feeder routes are invariably less profitable than longer, international flights. so, they get gradually squeezed out.