British Airways suspended all flights to and from Gatwick due to the coronavirus, but continued to take off from London Heathrow with significantly reduced schedule.
The spokesman said this was due to a ‘significantly restricted and challenging market environment’ during the coronavirus pandemic.
They continued: ‘Like many other airlines, we will temporarily suspend our flying schedule at Gatwick. We are contacting affected customers to discuss their options.’
British Airways’ decision to close Gatwick Airport came hours after easyJet suspended its entire fleet of 330 aircraft.
A few weeks ago, British Airways Chief Executive Officer Alex Cruz acknowledged that the coronavirus is threatening the company’s operations as employees were told that there will be job cuts because of the ‘worsening’ worldwide pandemic.
He wrote to all 45,000 workers, ‘The continued spread worldwide is a crisis, which is something we don’t know’, which is more serious than the 2008 financial crisis, SARS or 9/11.
Mr Cruz warned people not to lose their jobs and the planes to be “grounded like never before” and urged: “Please do not underestimate the seriousness of this problem for our company”, entitled “Britain ’s“ Aviation ”survival.