Gatwick Airport will reopen its South Terminal in March after nearly two years of being closed.
Flights have been operating solely from the North Terminal since June 15 2020 to “save on costs”, but flights will resume from South Terminal on March 27 as Gatwick gears up for the summer season.
British Airways has already announced it will restart its short-haul services from Gatwick from March 29, with 35 new European routes added.
Its low-cost sister airline, Vueling, is also expanding its network from Gatwick, adding five new short-haul routes and basing three aircraft at the airport.
Wizz Air will also significantly increase its operations, with 18 new routes, while easyJet, Gatwick’s largest airline, has also taken up more slots.
Gatwick CEO Stewart Wingate said: “After an incredibly challenging two years for the airport, our partners, local communities and the entire aviation industry, we are delighted to be reopening our South Terminal next month.
“Following some major announcements from our airlines about significantly increased flying schedules, and from Government on removing travel restrictions and airport slot regulations, we can now look forward to once again operating a busy Gatwick this summer and beyond.
“Today’s news means Gatwick and our partners can also begin recruiting new staff to help us meet this demand, which is excellent news for local people who have been so badly impacted by the effects of the pandemic.
“With our airlines now operating hugely increased flying programmes, our passengers can once again choose from a fantastic range of destinations – both short and long haul – whether booking a holiday, family visit, business trip – or that bucket list adventure they have dreamed of for years.
“It may however take time for consumer confidence to fully recover, so I urge Government to make 2022 the year when all travel restrictions are removed, including the unpopular passenger locator form and other remaining barriers to free travel.”
Passengers are strongly advised to check which terminal their flight will depart from in advance of travel.
Airlines who will be operating from the South Terminal include British Airways, Vueling, Wizz, Ryanair, Norwegian, Turkish Airlines, TAP, Eastern Airways, Aurigny, Aer Lingus, Air Baltic, Air Europa and Enter Air, while easyJet will operate across both South and North Terminals.