Regardless of an encouraging begin to the yr passenger numbers at Gatwick fell by 66 per cent within the first six month ended June 30th
This was largely because of the influence of Covid-19.
The airport remained open all through the pandemic; nevertheless all income streams had been impacted and the collapse in passenger demand led to a 61 per cent fall in income and a £321 million loss.
EBITDA on the airport fell 98 per cent over the primary six months of the yr.
On account of the slowdown, Gatwick earlier this week mentioned as many as 600 jobs can be lower.
Deliberate capital expenditure has additionally been lowered by £157 million for 2020 and £196 million for 2021.
Operational prices have been lowered by over £100 million by way of a wide range of actions together with consolidating air site visitors to 1 terminal permitting for infrastructure shutdowns.
Gatwick Airport chief government, Stewart Wingate, mentioned: “Like some other worldwide airport, the unfavourable influence of Covid-19 on our passenger numbers and air site visitors at the beginning of the yr was dramatic and, though there are small indicators of restoration, it’s a pattern we anticipate to proceed to see.
“Nevertheless, we’re focussed on making certain the enterprise stays sturdy and is greatest positioned to reap the benefits of future development.
“As with every accountable firm we’ve protected our monetary resilience by considerably lowering our operational prices and capital expenditure.
“We’re going by way of a proposed company-wide restructuring programme and I wish to thank all my workers for his or her onerous work up to now while we undergo this troublesome time.”
To enhance its liquidity, in April Gatwick secured a £300 million mortgage with a consortium of banks.
On the finish of June, the airport held a money stability of c.£326 million.
In keeping with additional lowering working prices, with over 70 per cent of all workers remaining on furlough.
“On this publish Covid-19 travelling world, we’re working onerous with our airways to make sure we proceed to supply our prospects a large selection of locations and carriers,” mentioned Wingate.
“We additionally anticipate, subsequent yr, to progress our plans to carry the present Northern (stand-by) runway into routine use which, as we rebuild our passenger numbers over the subsequent 4 to 5 years, will allow us to supply much more journey selection.
“We’ll guarantee we proceed to ship our operation conscious of our environmental, social and governance duties.”
Gatwick at present has 18 airways flying to 115 airports in 42 international locations.