Digital Covid certificate could be key to Gatwick recovery, says boss

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Stewart Wingate expresses optimism for summer despite airport reporting £526m pre-tax loss

Gatwick’s boss has said a digital Covid certificate could be the “key to success” if 70% of the airport’s usual traffic is to return after May – adding that it expects to serve only a few hundred passengers and lose £1m a day until then.

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London’s second airport reported a £526m pre-tax loss last year, compared with a £211m profit in 2019. Passenger numbers dropped 78% in 2020 as the pandemic hit, forcing the airport to lay off 40% of staff and mothball one of its two terminals in an effort to cut costs.

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