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London airport says passenger numbers may not return to pre-coronavirus levels until 2024

June 15, 2020


Passenger demand at London’s second-largest airport may not return to pre-crisis levels for another three or four years as the sector grapples with severe disruption.

Airports have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, with airlines stopping or significantly reducing their flights in the wake of lockdowns and travel restrictions to contain Covid-19.

“We think it will take three to four years for Gatwick to come back to 2019 passenger volume levels,” Stewart Wingate, chief executive officer of Gatwick, told CNBC’s Steve Sedgwick Monday.

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