Gatwick has delayed the forthcoming reshuffle of carriers at the airport until early 2017.
The move had been scheduled to take place this November, with British Airways moving its entire operations from the North to the South Terminal, Easyjet consolidating within the North Terminal, and Virgin Atlantic switching from the South to the North Terminal.
However following recent discussions with all parties involved, Gatwick has decided to shift this date until January 25, 2017.
Commenting on the decision, the airport's communications manager Camilla Wrey said:
“January is a great time in the operational calendar after the busy Christmas period, and before the February half term ski getaway.
“If we look back to the beginning of last year, we were talking about the moves taking place around November 2016, but once we all got into the detailed planning, and worked together to understand all the interdependencies and the full scope of the programme, it was mutually decided that January 2017 is the optimum timeframe.”
BA closed its lounge at Gatwick’s North Terminal in January, to allow for construction work to take place on Virgin's forthcoming lounge at the terminal (see news September 22, 2015).
Eligible BA passengers currently have access to the No. 1 Traveller lounge at the terminal.