Gatwick Airport in the UK is preparing to reopen its North Terminal next week to accommodate more flights as airlines ramp up their programmes.

Airlines including easyJet, Wizz Air, Ryanair, Belavia, Vueling and Blue Island are set to restart flights from the North Terminal on 15 June. The airport will also extend its operating hours to 6am-10pm.

As part of the North Terminal reopening, Gatwick has launched a range of Covid-19 protective measures to ensure the safety of its passengers and staff.

These include the requirements for both passengers and staff to wear masks within the airport. To promote hygiene, face mask vending machines will be installed at the airport, along with hand sanitising stations and hand washing facilities.

Deep cleaning of common-use surfaces will also be implemented throughout the airport as part of the measures, with dedicated teams working to respond to passenger concerns on cleanliness.

In addition, mandatory social distancing procedures and the installation of Perspex screens are also planned at check-in desks, gate rooms and departure halls.

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Gatwick Airport chief executive Stewart Wingate said: “Having remained open throughout this pandemic, the wellbeing and safety of our passengers and everyone that works at the airport remains our top priority.

“We have introduced a range of new social distancing and hygiene solutions to help this happen so we can all help protect each other when travelling through the airport. We want people to understand that airports and air travel is a safe environment in this Covid-19 travelling world.

In addition to the existing passenger guidance available on its website and passenger app, Gatwick has introduced digital and physical signage advising passengers of the new health measures.

A new film has also been launched by the airport to provide passengers with information about its new guidance and what to expect.