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Old May 7th 20, 11:48 AM posted to uk.railway,uk.transport.london
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Default OT: Virgin withdraws from Gatwick

On 07/05/2020 09:43, Recliner wrote:
Roland Perry wrote:
In message , at 22:05:37 on Wed, 6 May 2020,
Recliner remarked:
Roland Perry wrote:
Well, not completely OT, because of Gatwick Express etc.

https://www.scotsman.com/news/uk-new...anson-sue-nhs-
dispute-explained-virgin-atlantic-seeks-government-bailout-and-
permanently-cancels-gatwick-flights-2547743

Least said the better about the photo, and suing the NHS.

Gatwick is likely to suffer serious damage from all this, just as it moves
forward with its second (shorthaul takeoff only) runway.

Virgin is relatively insignificant at Gatwick,


"The airline plans to reduce its workforce by 3,150 people, which is
equivalent to more than a 30 per cent cut."


Most of them are not employed in, or live close to, the airport.



Depends if you are one of the 3,000 perhaps.


Yes, of course, just as it hurt the larger numbers affected by the other
airlines cutting back. For example, BA is threatening up to 12,000
redundancies. And it's not as if all these laid-off staff can walk into
other airline jobs.


but losing it, TC, BA and Norwegian will hurt.


You think there's significant transfer passengers? And BA is threatening
to leave too, I gather.


As I said in the remark you were responding to.


I wonder if Emirates will also follow suit, and also shut its
relatively small Gatwick operation? Gatwick could lose pretty much all
of its premium traffic, and just become a southern version of Stansted.


For passengers, that might not be a bad thing. At least the airport has
the option of neatly furloughing an entire terminal,


Not if the remaining pax have to maintain even 1m social distancing.

Which will be a problem as many airports deliberately crowd you into the
duty free as you leave security etc.