Gatwick flights cancelled until the end of May
AURIGNY'S Gatwick service will be suspended from Monday, as daily passenger numbers drop to six or less.
The news is part of a series of changes announced by the States-owned airline, which means from next week there will be no flights on Saturdays and no more than three flights a day on weekdays.
The airline had already cut the London service down to one rotation a day, but spokesperson said there was no call for the service during the lockdown.
'Aurigny is suspending its remaining Gatwick services due to the lack of demand experienced since essential-only travel and a mandatory 14-day self-isolation requirement were introduced in the Bailiwick, in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus,' they said.
'With current daily numbers below six passengers, the Gatwick services will cease from Monday 6 April 2020, through until Sunday 31 May 2020, inclusive. Ironically, traffic at Gatwick has reduced so much during this week with the cessation of Easyjet and BA, to name just two, that Aurigny had been one of the airport’s main customers.'
This leaves the lunchtime Aurigny Southampton to Guernsey rotation as the sole airlink to outside the Bailiwick. This will continue to run on weekdays. However Aurigny is withdrawing the weekend service between Guernsey and Southampton from Saturday 11 April until the end of May.
Aurigny will continue to operate two rotations a day between Guernsey and Alderney on weekdays, as well as one rotation on Sundays. There will be no flights between Alderney and Guernsey on Saturdays.
Aurigny is contacting all passengers booked on Gatwick services in the coming weeks to advise them their flights are cancelled and that Southampton is the only remaining option for travelling to/from the island.
'As ever, Aurigny’s main priority is the wellbeing of its customers and staff,' the spokesperson
'We would especially like to thank those staff continuing to provide a lifeline service and those working in our call centre, who have dealt with an unprecedented number of calls due to exceptional circumstances.'