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Coronavirus: Grounded planes and deserted airport terminals

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image captionBritish Airways has moved a number of its planes to Bournemouth Airport

Major airports around the UK have been left almost empty as demand for air travel has plummeted following the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.

Various travel bans have caused many airlines to massively scale back flights, resulting in abandoned terminal buildings.

On Monday, EasyJet said it would be grounding its entire fleet and it would be encouraging staff to work at the new NHS Nightingale Hospital in east London.

Jonathan Hinkles, the chief executive of regional airline Loganair, said bookings had fallen by 75 per cent.

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image captionA car park at Luton Airport has been emptied of any vehicles
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image captionSome passengers are still travelling across the world - but are taking extra protective measures
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image captionStands at Manchester Airport have no planes at the gates
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image captionBritish Airways is among many airlines that have seen passenger numbers shrink and bookings collapse
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image captionThe airline's chief executive Alex Cruz said the industry was facing a "crisis of global proportions" worse than that caused by the Sars virus or 9/11
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image captionVirgin Atlantic has written to staff to see if they want to work at the new NHS Nightingale hospital in east London
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image captionThe US has imposed a travel ban on all European countries - including the UK and the Republic of Ireland
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image captionGatwick Airport said it would be shutting its North Terminal on 1 April to cope with the drop in passenger demand
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image captionLondon City Airport has closed until further notice and said the airfield would be offered to the government to help the nearby NHS Nightingale
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image captionMany airlines are expected to seek government help to survive

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