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British Airways parks up planes at Cardiff Airport amid collapse in demand

Pictures show an eerily quiet Cardiff Airport

British Airways aircraft are being parked up at the Northside maintenance area at Cardiff Airport.

The move comes as a collapse in air travel has seen the airline suspend all of its Gatwick flights, although a reduced timetable of flights are being flown from Heathrow.

Photo credit: Matthew Horwood

Pictures show the 747 aircraft being moved and parked up at Cardiff Airport.

Photo credit: Matthew Horwood

A similar move by EasyJet has seen all of its flights suspended after the government advised against all but essential travel.

In statement on the British Airways website, they said:

“To allow greater flexibility you can change the destination, date of travel, or both without being charged a change fee, on all new bookings made from Tuesday 3 March to Sunday 31 May 2020, or receive a voucher for any existing bookings that depart up to Sunday 31 May 2020. Find out more

If you are due to travel in the next 72 hours, the airline has advised that you contact them immediately:

“If you’re travelling within the next 72 hours please contact us on 0800 727 800 from the UK, or +44 (0)203 250 0145 from outside the UK so we can help you with any urgent re-bookings.

“If you are not due to travel within the next 72 hours, you can find out how to change or cancel your booking here.”

Cardiff Airport is eerily quiet as flights have been cancelled. Photo credit: Matthew Horwood

Meanwhile, Cardiff Airport remains open, although at the time of checking, all of its Ryanair flights to Malta and Barcelona in the next 24 hours have been cancelled.

The airport has setup a dedicated page on its website to answer questions from passengers due to travel. A statement on the Cardiff Airport website says:

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“The situation is constantly changing and we will continue to stay in close contact with the relevant Government authorities and our airlines partners to get the latest guidance and updates on travel to and from Cardiff Airport.

“The safety and security of our team and customers remains our number one priority.”

Cardiff Airport has also introduced a number of measures in the last few weeks to help curb the spread of coronavirus. They include:

  • Enhanced cleaning throughout the Airport
  • Hand washing stations are all signposted, and additional hand sanitizers are in place throughout the terminal
  • Government information posters have been placed throughout the customer journey, and are updated following any changes to guidance
  • All retail, catering and Executive Lounges are now closed
  • Our team are kept fully up to date and briefed on all changes in guidance.

There are currently no food & drink or shops open in the in the terminal, so any passengers flying out of the airport are reminded to bring their own. However, the airport is ensuring water is available.

Last week, workers at Cost Coffee at the airport donated leftover food to the local ambulance station.

The Cost Coffee team at the airport. Credit: Cardiff Airport

Cardiff Airport are advising anyone due to fly out from the airport to check their website for the latest information here.